Where Did We Bury the Time Capsule Again?


Time capsules are a great way to commemorate history and celebrate the past. A small city in Iowa wanted to use the opening of a time capsule as a centerpiece for its 150th anniversary.

The city of Sheldon ran into a small problem when discussing the location of the time capsule: no one knew where it was buried.

The time capsule was buried 50 years ago during Sheldon’s centennial celebration. Over time, the specific location has become less and less clear. The time capsule was meant to be opened during the town’s birthday celebration. After birthday cake and coffee, they then planned to place new items inside the capsule and rebury it.

“We’re trying to find instructions on exactly where it’s at before we just start digging. We think we know where it is but to dig up concrete in the park when we have such a big event going on, we’re just postponing that to a little bit later in the year,” Sheldon Chamber of Commerce Director Ashley Nordahl said.

To still celebrate the town, the other events are going to move forward as planned. The time capsule unveiling has been delayed until workers are able to find it. The city is in the midst of hiring a company to complete the search by using underground radar technology that helped Sibley, Iowa, with a similar situation in early 2022.

“We still have every intention of finding it and digging it up. It’s just a little more involved than what we originally had planned,” Nordahl said.


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