2013-07-18 / Local & State

Auction Of Old West Artifacts To Be Held In PA

By Mark Scolforo
ASSOCIATED PRESS

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Thousands of Old West artifacts will be sold in Harrisburg at an auction that could produce millions in badly needed revenue for the cashstrapped state capital.

The collection was assembled by a former mayor, who hoped to build a museum of the American West in southcentral Pennsylvania as part of a plan to attract tourism. The museum idea died and the saddles, guns, gambling devices and other Western memorabilia have been kept in storage for the better part of a decade.

Auctioneer Guernsey’s organized the collection by type, and the bidding gets underway Monday with items classified as mercantile, advertising, vintage clothing and the like.

It continues through Sunday on City Island, a cityowned property on the Susquehanna River that is home to Harrisburg’s minor league baseball team.

Along with Western material, the sale also includes African objects purchased for a different museum that also was never built, a large number of documents linked to U.S. presidents and other historical figures, Spanish colonial pieces and random other items.

Because Harrisburg is under a state receivership and teetering on the brink of bankruptcy thanks largely to having hundreds of millions of dollars in debt tied to a trash incinerator, officials say a judge may have the final word in deciding how the sale proceeds are spent. heading back into the 90s.

An excessive heat warning is in effect for Philadelphia and surrounding counties Monday, with little relief in sight. The National Weather Service says temperatures in the mid-90s and dew points around 70 will send heat index values up to about 100 degrees.

Heat advisories are in place in areas further west of the city, including Reading and Allentown.

Forecasters are expecting the heat to continue through Friday and possibly Saturday.

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