Removal of the old Swayne-Robinson property has begun.

The remains of the Swayne-Robinson foundry buildings are being removed to make way for the proposed new Wayne County Jail. The foundry buildings burned in a spectacular fire in March 1999.

A huge backhoe begins the removal of the Swayne-Robinson Foundry buildings.

Photo taken January 4, 2001

For more information about the Swayne-Robinson Company that operated as the oldest business in Richmond for many years, read:

The History of Swayne, Robinson & Company, available at the Wayne County Historical Museum.


This view of the Swayne-Robinson Foundry is the one most Wayne County residents will recall, as it faced Main Street.

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