(Memphis, TN) Anderson Cooper and his friends like the nicely manicured look at the Overton Park golf course, all the way down to the nice stones that line the driveway.
But the giant pavers may not belong there.
”They look nice, until I learned where they came from.” “What do you think about that?” “I think they should at least get permission.”
They came, we’re told, from the Memphis riverfront, the nation’s largest intact cobblestone landing that dates all the way back to the 1800’s.
”I think it’s a travesty,” said Joey Hagen of Memphis Heritage.
The riverfront and its stones are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Historic preservation groups say the cobblestones don’t belong anywhere else.
”If they’re walkin’ away and ending up on golf courses that’s just wrong,” said Hagan, who wants answers.
Years ago, both the Riverfront Development Corporation and the city signed agreements with the Tennessee Attorney General, the Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Advisory Commission on Historic Preservation, that the cobblestones would be preserved and stored securely to be use for future riverfront construction or repairs of existing cobblestones.
Problem is, nobody really seems to know what happened to the cobblestones after they left the river.
Riverfront Development has a nearly 6 million dollar deal to restore the cobblestones, but a spokesperson says it had no part in the stones’ removal.
City Leaders say they’re looking into it.
”The cobblestones belong on the riverfront. They don’t belong in any of our public parks or anyplace else, so we’re gonna try to get to the bottom of this to find out why they were removed around the city,” stated Councilman Myron Lowrey.
No one seems to know how dozens of them ended up on Overton Park and Galloway golf courses, and who knows where else.
”First of all, the cobblestones need to be brought back to the cobblestones and then we need to have some checks and balances to make sure they’re not being used as somebody’s landscape timber,s” Hagan explained.
Because most say history is nothing to be messed with.
”No, I don’t think no one should take historic stuff that’s historic. I think it should still be there” said Cooper.