A Public/Private Partnership to Create a Granite Mountain Hotshot Memorial Museum
The City of Prescott has an opportunity right now to do the right thing: to establish a public/private partnership for the purpose of creating a Granite Mountain Hotshot Memorial Museum (GMHMM) that would permanently house one of the buggies; the memorabilia left at Station 7 following the deaths of the Hotshots; and tools, equipment and information about the Hotshots, wildland fires and firefighting/prevention.
In this partnership the city would contribute Sixth Street Station 7, the land upon which it sits, and the abutting property (the EZ Street lot). The families and other interested citizens would establish a nonprofit, 501 c-3 organization to solicit grants and donations to create and run the museum.
Given the huge public interest in the new Granite Mountain Hotshot Memorial State Park just south of Yarnell (May 20 Courier article about the parking situation there), it would seem that such a museum right here in Prescott would be appreciated and well-received by residents and visitors alike.
Since monies received from the proposed sale of these properties wouldn’t put a dent in the $78 million in the City’s unfunded liabilities with the PSPRS, it makes no sense to sell them when they could be used to honor our Hotshots.
We need strong leadership in City Council and a surge of public support that recognizes the potential here! Five, 10 or 20 years from now, let’s not regret our lack of vision in properly honoring these heroes in perpetuity by establishing a Granite Mountain Hotshot Memorial Museum.