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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Wayne County was formed in 1811. It was named for General "Mad" Anthony Wayne, who was an officer during the Revolutionary War. Wayne is mainly remembered for his service in the 1790's in the Northwest Indian War, which included many actions in Indiana and Ohio.