After years of mistreatment and degradation, the gravestone for the fifth governor of the Washington territory is being restored.
The Tacoma News Tribune reports that on Thursday crews began working on the tombstone marking the resting spot of William H. Wallace, who was the governor of the Washington and Idaho territories, as well as Steilacoom's first mayor and a political ally of Abraham Lincoln.
Wallace's grave is on the grounds of Western State Hospital.
The town of Steilacoom paid $1,000 to have the gravesite that Wallace shares with his wife, Luzena, restored. The granite gravestone weighs about 1,500 pounds.
After serving as Washington's territorial governor Wallace was appointed governor of newly created Idaho Territory in July 1863 (until then it had been part of Washington Territory) by President Lincoln.