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Upcoming Event: Mining Appreciation Day!

 

Come out to the Tooele Valley Museum on September 14th between 1pm and 4pm to celebrate our local miners and mining history!  

Emma Penrod will talk about Elton Tunnel at 1:30 

Other activities: 

Tooele Valley Railroad sales and book signing by Emma Penrod

Who? What? Where? tables – Come view some of our many photos and artifacts and help us identify people, objects, and places.

Outdoor Games – bring family and friends to play some outdoor games in our beautiful park (horseshoes anyone? how about dominoes?)

Memory sharing support – If you want to contribute digital copies of your mining photos or record some of your memories for future generations, we will have a place and attendant to help you.  Help us preserve local mining history for future generations!

Bring your own picnic!

Updates to follow!

 

 

 

 

Tooele High School Band Rocked the Park!

The Tooele High School band took time off from summer practice this week to perform service at the Tooele Valley Museum.  They sure left their mark!  Ian Small coordinated this outstanding event for his Eagle Scout project.  Band members worked hard in the blaring summer heat to unbury train rails in the park, landscape near our front entry, organize our collection, create detailed floor plans, move many heavy objects, and build 12 benches.

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We will use the benches in our newly repurposed military train car so we can show videos to visitors and host more events.

Thank you to the marvelous band for their hard work and to Ian for organizing it for us.

Reveal the Rails Project Kicked Off by Garrett Pearson

Thank you Garrett!

Garrett Pearson completed his Eagle Scout project and kicked off a outdoor project for the museum on Saturday.  He removed the grass that had covered some of the rail leading to our rail repair building and added rock between the rails.

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Garrett stands with his father in front of the completed project.
Finished Project
You can see how the rails split off to go to the repair building. This was covered by grass and dirt. In some places it was over 6 inches deep.
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That is a lot of grass to remove

The finished project looks fantastic, but it has much more than aesthetic value.  Over the years, grass and dirt have slowly covered up some of the railway in the old depot.  Preserving the rails that are original to the depot is an important part of keeping the history of the Tooele Valley Railway alive.  We plan to continue to pull away grass and fill in the old rails to keep them above ground so visitors can see and follow the tracks.

Wizarding Adventure

Tooele City Family Recreation and Tooele Library

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Family Fridays at the Park

Wizarding Adventure

What?  Games, crafts, and snack

Where? at the Tooele Valley Museum!

When? July 19th from 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Who? Families and wizards of all ages

Cost?  Free

Come join us for a magical time!

Wedding at the Park

Last October, we had a wedding for the first time in decades.  It was a lovely, small event that capitalized on the beauty already at the park: red fallen leaves, beautiful trees, a pavilion, and train cars (of course!).

If you want to get married at the park, we can work with you to create a beautiful wedding.  Get in touch with us for more information!

 

 

 

Golden Spike 150 Event

Come out and celebrate local history with us!  

Saturday May 11th from 11 am to 3pm

 

Bring a Picnic! Enjoy the Activities

 

We will have:

Storytelling & Snowcones

Outdoor Games

See, Feel, Smell Table

Folk Music

Transcontinental Documentary Showings

Transcontinental Exhibit

Representatives from local Historic Societies

Riding Train & Bounce House

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Learn More about Golden Spike Activities Around the State

https://spike150.org/statewide-events/