Historical Society has new site for future museum
‘Outstanding visibility’ along Highway 69 near Billy Jack’s
Unrelenting efforts by volunteers and the generosity of two estates have provided to the Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society (DHHS) property for a new, permanent museum.
Thanks to the late Betty Comfort and Jean Cross, the purchase of a 2.88-acre parcel along Highway 69 is possible, stated DHHS President David Nystrom in a letter dated May 1 to the town council and other Yavapai County historical societies.
The location, 2581 S. Highway 69, is situated on the east side of the highway between Humboldt Station at Main Street and Billy Jacks Saloon and Grill.
“This location will provide outstanding visibility and access to traffic on Route 69, in addition to providing plenty of space for both outdoor exhibits and future expansion for a museum building,” Nystrom said.
The first priority will be to relocate the outdoor mining exhibits that currently reside at Mortimer’s Family Farm. Nystrom said Gary and Sharla Mortimer offered their property “without any hesitation” when the museum lost its lease on the Old Bank Building on Main Street, Humboldt, several years ago.
“Gary and Sharla kept the dream of a museum alive and we will be forever thankful,” he stated in the letter.
Progress on reconstructing the stamp mill will begin on a specific site on the property. To follow will be a storage facility for museum items and the museum building itself. The site has access to electric, gas and water utilities and its own septic system.
Nystrom said the historical society appreciates the financial support — rent payments for the Old Bank Building and the cost of storing exhibits, archives and supplies — from the town.