PEKIN, Ill.-- Residents watched as demolition continued on Pekin's West Campus.
A portion of the building's front was torn down on Thursday.
Residents watched the destruction and took home a piece of history.
Bricks and pieces of chalkboard were passed out.
Artifacts like the Pekin High School sign and more decorative pieces are being saved to be displayed somewhere in the city.
"We haven't really made plans on what it can be used for we just know as the building is coming down we need to grab it now. I know the park district is looking at maybe building some kind of memorial so part of it will probably go to the park district,” said Randy Price, the owner.
"My parents went to school here I went to school here and my brothers, I just hate to see it go,” said Randy Hazlett, Pekin resident.
The artifacts are being kept in a warehouse until it is determined what will be done with them.