Forgotten Space Shuttle Memorial (In Transition)

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Montpelier, Vermont

An obscure, upright granite block is engraved with an image of the Space Shuttle Challenger and the names of its seven crew members. It was dedicated in the summer of 1986, only a few months after the Challenger exploded.

Montpelier Granite Works carved the memorial, and for a while visitors would place apples on top of it in memory of shuttle crewman and doomed schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe, who came from neighboring New Hampshire.

By 2015, no one could remember who put up the monument, and why it stood on land owned by an insurance company. The city talked of moving the memorial to a more visible spot near Montpelier High School and planting an apple tree nearby, but nothing seems to have come from that.

Forgotten Space Shuttle Memorial

Directions:
From Montpelier drive south on Main St., cross the river bridge, then turn right at the stoplight onto Memorial Drive for about one mile. Turn left at the stoplight onto National Life Drive. The memorial is on that corner, on the left.
Hours:
July 2021: Removed for cleaning.
Status:
In Transition

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