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Throughout Johnson County, important pieces of local history are captured in markers by the side of the road.

The 36 placards recognize where famous people such as Roger Branigin, William Merritt Chase and Paul Vories McNutt once lived. Important places, such as the pioneer trail Whetzel Trace and Edinburgh’s Thompson Mill, which are no longer standing, live on in vivid description.

But like the places, people and occasions those markers commemorate, time has taken its toll. Paint has chipped, descriptions are worn away, and the surfaces are cracked and broken.

A group of local residents have stepped forward to refurbish and restore the markers in the worst shape. The team, established through the Leadership Johnson County program, has spent the past two months getting approval from historic agencies, assessing the markers and working on the worst ones.

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