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No More 'Trashmore' in Linn County

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CEDAR RAPIDS - A final truckload of trash signaled the end of the Linn County Site 1 Landfill, the place locals have come to know as Mt. Trashmore.

The site, near Czech Village in Cedar Rapids, opened in 1965, and its original caretakers weren't about to refuse the remaining rubbish.

Former foreman James Livingston says, "Yeah, you work here for that many years, yes, there's memories."

Larry Franck, a former equipment operator, says, "We used to sit out on the picnic tables in the middle of the trash and eat our lunch and people would just laugh and have a good time."

Forty-one years ago, they saw this landfill's birth. Saturday, they came back to see its last load: 915 feet of filth. Six million tons of trash and so many stories, even the workers have lost count.

John Schick, an equipment operator, says, "One of the ladies here said, 'Jeez, you wonder if there's any bodies buried here?' No, but there's some mannequin heads that had beards and things. Pushed some trash one day and these heads rolled down the hill... And, boy, it really scared me. I thought, my God, look at that... look at those heads!"

Upon closing the site, officials will cap it off with clay, grass and wildflowers.

Lu Barron, Linn County Solid Waste Agency Board Chair, says, "Hopefully, someday it will be a place where people will come and picnic. It will be a park."

Starting on July 31, solid waste officials will direct people to the Site 2 Landfill at Highway 13 and County Home Rd. north of Marion. This site will be the only landfill in Linn County accepting solid waste.

Site 1 will still accept clean metal, tires and appliances, as well as house the composting facility.

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