From the Salt Lake Tribune. The Associated Press 9/03/2009
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho » Bonneville County officials say there's no plans to remove the swastikas emblazoned on the courthouse floor, despite remodeling work underway.
The swastikas, lined in tile, are often painted over, the Post Register reported. But as the paint wears down, they show through.
Historian Julie Brawn says not much is known about the decision to use swastikas, but the intentions were not likely evil. The building -- and floor -- was built in 1921, more than a decade before Adolf Hitler took power and adopted the swastika as the Nazi symbol. Brawn says the design has appeared throughout much of history, often as a symbol of luck or fertility.
Idaho Falls attorney Reginald Reeves says the design hurts Idaho's image and should be removed. But Braun disagrees, saying a placard explaining the history should be installed instead.
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