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Demo Biz Battles Over Found Time Capsule

Jadell Minniefield Construction Services says it had salvage rights to a valuable time capsule.

Fri April 03, 2015 - National Edition
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The capsule was uncovered during last month's demolition of the John Brashear factory.
The capsule was uncovered during last month's demolition of the John Brashear factory.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A demolition company has been ordered to give a 120-year-old time capsule to a Pittsburgh museum while it wrangles with the city over its ownership.

The Sen. John Heinz History Center says Wednesday the capsule’s value is more historical than monetary and that it would like to exhibit plans, photographs and other items found inside.

The capsule was uncovered during last month’s demolition of the John Brashear factory.

Jadell Minniefield Construction Services says it had salvage rights to the capsule. The city disagrees and is withholding payment for the demolition.

Brashear, a self-taught astronomer and philanthropist, opened the optics and scientific instrument factory in the 1880s. It made Norden bombsights during World War II.

Brashear died in 1920. The city took over the building in 2012. It was condemned five months later.




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