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1/2/2013 10:26:00 AM
Mining/ranching artifacts now on exhibit at Dewey-Humboldt Historical Museum
Jake Anderson, 6, visiting from California, examines the display case containing a scales, dynamite detonator, two boxes of blasting caps and other mining equipment at the Dewey-Humboldt Historical Museum. Jake was the first museum visitor on opening day Dec. 27, and he received a certificate to mark his visit.
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Jake Anderson, 6, visiting from California, examines the display case containing a scales, dynamite detonator, two boxes of blasting caps and other mining equipment at the Dewey-Humboldt Historical Museum. Jake was the first museum visitor on opening day Dec. 27, and he received a certificate to mark his visit.
Trib Photo/Sue Tone
D-H Museum gets $5K grant for walking tour
The Arizona Humanities Council, an affiliate of the national Endowment for the Humanities, gave the Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society a $5,000 grant to establish a walking tour of about 15 sites using a map and written instructions. A few sites may be viewed from a distance with the help of a hands-on 360-degree rotating pointer, the grant application reports. Written material will provide historical information for adults and teachers.

The Historical Society has put together a list of 26 potential sites that includes the historical bank that houses the museum, the old high school site, the Humboldt smelter, miners' homes, King Woolsey ranch, pit houses and petroglyphs of early Native Americans, and early Spanish visitors. Expected time frame for the first tours is April 2013.

Sue Tone

The Dewey-Humboldt Historical Museum closed out the year by officially opening the museum on Dec. 27, fulfilling its agreement with the town to open by Dec. 31.

Thanks to fundraisers and donations from museum members and the community, and rent money paid by the Town of Dewey-Humboldt, the museum is now open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The old bank building at 12925 E. Main Street houses the museum that includes historical items relating to local mining and ranching history. The Grand Opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony will come later on Jan. 26 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Jake and Cora Anderson probably won't be back for that big event, however. Grandchildren of founding members Kathy and Gerald Hoyer, the California kids were the very first recipients of certificates stating they had visited the D-H Historical Museum this past Thursday.

Cora, 13, acknowledged the museum is still in its beginning stages, but is "getting there."

"It's nice how they found all the helmets and lanterns and stuff from all over Arizona," she said.

The dynamite detonator box fascinated Jake, 6, who said he really would like to use it. Jake wants to return when warmer weather arrives so he can practice outside with the lasso and the red bull - which isn't real, he said. An old water hand pump is another hands-on experience for children planned for next spring.

The Hoyers' daughter, Lori Anderson, said it was a happy coincidence they were in town to help celebrate the museum's opening.

The building suffered water damage from broken pipes in mid-August, which delayed the opening about three months, Gerald Hoyer said. The license agreement with the town stipulated an opening by Dec. 31.

The Outside Use Permit, approved by council on Dec. 18, requires the historical society to provide written information on each item to be displayed outside in order to demonstrate its historical significance. After lengthy discussion, the council also approved the Planning and Zoning Commission's recommendation to waive the 6-ft. screening/fencing plan for the outside display area.

Inside, display cabinets showcase old miners' helmets, lanterns, boxes of blasting caps, an assayer's field test kit alongside a heavy-duty mortar and pestle, two sets of scales, gold pans and rock picks.

A large receipt box where mining companies kept track of supplies purchased by each employee's family sits off to the side next to a long wooden grocery counter from the old Wingfield store where bulk items like dried beans were sold out of drawers. Hoyer said D-H historian Jackie Mattheis saved it from the dump and stored it until the town had a place for it.

Bob Thomas cleaned and refinished the countertop and is researching the U.S. patent office to find plans so he can create missing pieces on the front where the storekeeper displayed items for sale.

"We want to keep it as original as possible," Thomas said.

Historical Society members staff the museum as volunteers. Entry is free to the public; however, McCabe, the wooden mascot mule, accepts donations at the front of the room. Membership is $10/person or $20/family, and currently numbers about 90 active members.

Upcoming events at the museum include a second local authors night, a spring trail ride and barbeque, cowboy poetry and storytelling, art exhibits, mine tours, dances, and presentations by the Arizona Rangers.

For more information, call (928) 632-7491 or visit

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Article comment by: David D Nystrom, Nystrom For Mayor

Thanks again to the Dewey-Humboldt Town Council for supporting this wonderful addition to our Town. And thanks to those in the Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society that had the vision to make this possible.

Be sure to visit and support the museum so it can eventually become financially independent in future years! It is things like this, that make the difference between a Town and a Community.

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