Historic Greencastle train station vandalized

June 20, 2003

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The historic Greencastle High Line Train Station was victimized by paint wielding vandals last week who marked walls, windows and benches in the building with swastikas and other symbols, officials said.

There was no damage estimate, a Greencastle Police Department spokesman said.

The intruders entered the building by pushing in the door, said Karen Johnson, president of the nonprofit Greencastle Organized Youth Foundation that runs the station.

They also damaged the outside brick sidewalk, she said.

They spread rubber cement on the sidewalk in the form of swastikas, the Nazi symbol in Germany in World War II, and lighted them. Johnson said it appeared they were trying to burn the symbols permanently into the brick walkway.

The damage was discovered shortly after midnight June 10 by two Greencastle borough police officers who were in the area on another matter.


The incident was still under investigation. Police had no suspects as of Thursday, the spokesman said.

Johnson said Boy Scout volunteers cleaned the walls, windows and benches with paint thinner, steel wool and other substances.

The station was built in 1909 and served the community through the railroad's heyday.

In 1997 the youth foundation obtained some state grant money and began to renovate the building. The outside canopy was replaced. The local VFW club donated money to pay for the materials to redo the brick sidewalk around the station. The labor was done by the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps, Johnson said.

The station operates on donations and volunteers, she said.

The building is used by Boy Scout Troop 999, Cub Scout Pack 13 and three area 4-H clubs, Johnson said.

It also is used for community events. On Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Greencastle Area Arts Council is sponsoring the Midsummer's Eve Festival featuring artwork and crafts by area artisans.

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