Bryan Davey, Adam Daigle and Dustin Strine moving the “piggy bank”.

Bryan Davey, Adam Daigle and Dustin Strine moving the “piggy bank”.

The Kentucky Mine Museum in Sierra City has lovely new wood laminate floors thanks to the efforts of numerous community and Sierra County Historical Society members and supporters. After a rigorous fund-raising campaign, which included hosting the Sierra City Sesquicentennial celebration last summer, volunteers were called upon to become even more hands-on in preparation for the installation of the flooring. They painted the interior of the museum and packed up and stored all the artifacts for the duration of the project. Then the big guns (Sierra County’s road crew) were called in to move the heavy cases, safes, pianos, and a giant monitor. Their combination of brains, brawn, and good humor made the daunting move manageable.

Sierra County Road Crew helps out: Bill Epps, Bryan Davey, Mark Daigle, Dean Fischer, Sarah Berndt, and Adam Daigle

Sierra County Road Crew helps out: Bill Epps, Bryan Davey, Mark Daigle, Dean Fischer, Sarah Berndt, and Adam Daigle

As of last week the cases and furniture are all back in place and the artifacts are ready to be reinstalled in their respective exhibits. If you would like to help out with this last moving phase please contact infoatsierracountyhistorydotorg or call Mary Nourse 530-862-1123.

A celebratory event, “A Night at the Museum”, is planned for spring or early summer so that SCHS can properly thank the many volunteers and county workers that made the renovation possible.

We’re closed until next season …

but we’ll be back on Memorial Day weekend 2015. Happy trails ’til we meet again!

…  and here’s a peek at our renovation progress so far.

The paint is dry, the windows are clean and the flooring is installed. You simply won’t recognize it!

Volunteers Don McKechnie, Susan Hopkins, Tom Hopkins,  Mary Wright, and Cindy Ellsmore packing up the artifacts.

Volunteers Don McKechnie, Susan Hopkins, Tom Hopkins, Mary Wright, and Cindy Ellsmore packing up the artifacts.

Moving display cases for flooring

Road crew moving display cases for flooring

Kentucky Mine Historic Park and Museum

Sierra County California's Kentucky Mine Historic Park and MuseumWhen the Kentucky Mine stamp mill was up and running at its maximum, you could hear the ten 1,000-pound stamps crushing gold-veined quartz ore for miles around. In fact, the din of the several stamp mills operating near Sierra City during the gold rush days of the 1800s was so uproarious that people had to get inside somewhere in order to carry on a conversation!

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