Looking at the west side of the Museum Building to the east. This is the condition of the ground as of 20 June, 2011, uneven, slopes from the east to the west. This side is seen from Highways 26 and 46 coming into Gooding. The sign was handcrafted for the Historical Society when the museum was on Main Street. It was removed from the "old" museum to be used by the "new" museum. The sign helps tell of our mission as the Gooding County Historical Society and Museum. We are telling the story of Gooding County, then and now.
This is what the area just to the South of the Museum currently looks like. It is uneven, slopes in several different directions. The picture was taken from Euskadi Lane looking to the east. The paved road is part of the hospital complex. In order to landscape this area, truck loads of "Pea Gravel" or sand and gravel needs to be brought back to the area to help level it out.
From this angle is is possible to see some of the unevenness of the area. Looking towards the northeast from the southwest. The grain cart, from the Wendell Elevator, is sitting at the southeast corner of the building is sitting on the sidewalk, there is approximately an 18 inch drop/slope to the lower level where the slip baler is currently placed..
This picture was taken to the north of the paved road. You will notice the flat, even section that has been mowed. Just to the north of it is an area that has been "scooped out" forming a small gully, to the north of the gully is a fairly level piece of ground except when you walk the land you will discover areas that have been scraped out forming small basins that fill with water. It would be necessary to fill these areas in with gravel if you wanted to have outside exhibits for people to enjoy and be concerned for their safety.
Standing at the cross roads of North Canyon Drive and Euskadi Lane, looking at the west and south sides of the museum. From this angle it is possible to see the area for the Landscape Project of the museum. This project will not be completed for several years. Currently, there are three phases to this project before it is completed. Each phase will be completed as resources become available to complete them. Phase 2 is the construction of 5 display pads for exterior exhibits on the south side of the museum.
This photo is taken from the southwest corner of the museum sidewalk. Notice how the ground is not level with the sideway and how quickly it drops away, forming a slope. The area infront of the slope appears to be level. It is not. There are places across this area that have been scraped out forming dirt basins 2 to 3 inches deep. Truck loads of soil, gravel, sand, Pit Run needs to be brought back to level and smooth out the ground.
Marilyn Wilson, of the Bliss Garden Club, is busily raking up rocks and weeds from the side walk on the west side of the building to the pavement of Euskadi Lane. This is done in preparation of preparing the ground for the placement of flower beds infront of the Museum sign, the placement of an iron bench and two wooden wheels from a carriage used in Gooding County.
Edy Byce, member of the Bliss Garden Club, jumped right in and started raking in front of the west end of the museum. Thanks to Phyllis Kochert, member of the Society, the weeds were easier to rake and removed. Phyllis had sprayed the area a couple of weeks earlier.
Notice how quickly the ground drops away from the sidewalk before it begins to level out.
Sage Jones, granddaughter of Linda Jones, was the youngest person participating in Phase 1 of the landscapping. She raked weeds and rocks just like the "old" pros.
Lorna Bard (Hat), Bob Byce and Linda Jones (pink) are discussing the best utilization of the grain cart that was used in the Wendell grain elevator while it was in operation. The cart is a tribute to those individuals who work the land and cause it to produce abundantly.
Lorna Bard (hat), Bob Byce, Linda Jones (pink)at the southwest corner of the museum. The fence poles are separation of Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the landscaping project. The plants used in phase one are those who can survive with small amounts of water. Perennials will be planted ensuring color for years to come
Linda Jones (pink), Marilyn Wilson and her husband Ken Wilson, working on a wooden post fence line. The posts have no barb wire or wire of any sort, they are not perfectly straight in a line. They depict an abandoned fence, or one that has not been used for some time. The wire is gone, yet the posts continue to stand, dividing one piece of ground from another. Ghosts of a by-gone era.
Edy Byce, Marilyn Wilson busily tamping the last post in the ground. These ladies are no stranger to building or repairing a fence line. No hesitation on their part to get the job done. Ken Wilson is working with the placement of the all metal wheelbarrow.
Lorna Bard and Merilyn Wilson are working to fill the all, metal wheelbarrow with rock that have been raked from the area. Each took turns pushing the loaded wheelbarrow to the back of the museum (east end) and emptyed it into one of the "low areas". The wheelbarrow was extremely heavy when empty and doubly so when filled with rocks.
Notice the two carriage wheels attached to the museum sign posts. The wheel is made of wood and capped with a 1 1/2 inch wide metal strip that is secured to the wood with round head blots and secured in place with a nut. There are 16 spokes in the wheel, all made of wood. The outer hub is metal on each side. The axel of the carriage slides through the hub and the wheel is secured to the axel with a nut or pin.
Infront of the sign are two, off-set brick planters. The planters are 14 feet long and 2 feet wide. The brick are two high. The brick came from the grade school of Gooding.
Bob Byce, shove in his hand and walking behind the museum sign, spent several hours with his push, weed eater machine. He cleared the area directly behind the museum, on the south, of dead, tall weeds. The area had been previously sprayed by Phyllis Kochert a short while previously.
Once finished with "mowing down the weeds," Bob grabbed a shovel and started moving rock or digging a post hole.
Ken Wilson took on the job of constructing the two flower beds. The flower beds are 14 feet in length and 2 feet wide. Each of he