The 150-foot, 120-year old flagpole in downtown Ravenna was taken down for repairs on Tuesday morning.
The structure was dismantled and is now headed to Newbury Sandblasting in Newbury in Geauga County where it will be sandblasted and prepped with a special coating used in the aeronautical industry and known for its strength and endurance.
A new concrete base will be poured and prepped in place. Other improvements include lighting and an ornamental fence, which will be erected by Ravenna Township trustees, who own the flagpole.
The flagpole is expected to make its return in about a month, in time for the Ravenna Balloon A-Fair in September. An official dedication is planned for a later date.
This is the first time the flagpole has been taken down, but not the first time it has been moved. With the advent of the automobile, the flagpole was moved 15 feet from its original site in the public right-of-way in 1923. The pole was raised 8 inches and then lowered onto rails put in place for the move. It was then pulled along the tracks by a winch to its new site, where it was lowered to the ground and secured in place. The entire operation took 12 minutes.