Mon 07-13-98 06:18 am


JOLIET, Ill. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A historical society in Joliet, Illinois, is hoping to nail down a location for a proposed museum that would house the world’s largest collection of nails.

The mammoth nail collection was started by Joliet resident Frank Horwath, who collected nearly 20,000 different nails for nearly 71 years before passing away last year.

Since then, Horwath’s wife has donated the nails to the local historical society which is trying to locate a new home for the nails.

No one knows how much the nail collection is worth, but it includes nails from more than 40 countries and a few from landmarks such as Independence Hall in Philadelphia and a few nails from the oldest house in America, which is located in St. Augustine, Florida.

A Joliet Historical Society spokesman says many cities have been interested in the collection but Horwath always felt it should remain in Joliet because the city was the world’s largest producer of nails during World War II.

CONTACT: Gene Bogdan, ***; Joliet, IL; (815) ***-****

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