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The initial purpose of this project, “Vision to Reality: Monroe’s New Community Library & Restored Southern Pacific (SP) Railroad Freight Depot,” was to pass time during a period of unemployment. Over the weeks and months that followed, I captured over 10,000 images of this construction and restoration project. In addition to capturing all those images, I gained a new respect for this community and everyone who contributed to bringing this vision to reality. The new building was more than just a library, it symbolized the community’s commitment to its past, present and future. As a result my purpose changed from just capturing images to documenting and sharing a remarkable piece of local history.
The scope of this project is to document the construction of the new Monroe Community Library and restoration of the former Southern Pacific Railroad’s freight depot from the perspective of local railroad history and preservation.
Lastly this project is dedicated to the residents of Monroe, Oregon and the surrounding South Benton community. We have the unique opportunity to walk into a new library that celebrates our community’s past, present and future.
Daniel J. Sheets
Chief Photographer, SP Digital Media