Businesses Help Museum Renovations


Judy Buettner, president of the Northern Gila County Historical Society recently signed a contract for the restoration of the Rim Country Museum and the small building behind it.

"Many good and generous contractors are involved, including Jim Nelson (Wapiti Painting), Mike Amon, Foxworth Lumber and Dunn Edwards Paint Company. In addition to this good news, Richard Alvarez and his wood shop students are building a shelter for the old 1943 fire engine," Buettner said.


Work on the renovations of the Rim Country Museum are continuing. Recently Wapiti Painting had crews scraping the old ranger residence to prepare it for a facelift. In addition to Jim Nelson's Wapiti Painting, work is being done by Mike Amon, Foxworth Lumber and Dunn Edwards Paint Company, as well as the shop class at Payson High School, under the direction of Richard Alvarez.

The project includes replacing all the exterior horizontal wood on the main building - where the gift shop is located - with wood that is sealed on both sides to extend its life.

The gables are being scraped, primed and painted. All the broken windows are being replaced and all the trim is being repainted.

The rotted wood on the porch railings is being removed and iron pads are being placed under all the railings to provide a moisture barrier with the concrete porch.

Some preliminary work has already been done and the rest will only take a week to complete once the weather and time cooperate, Buettner said.

Former museum boards started the renovations with the installation of air conditioning and blinds.

"The new board is continuing the efforts to improve the site and its buildings," Buettner said.

She invites the public to come down to the museum in Green Valley Park and see the progress and if the opportunity presents itself, thank the workers for their help.

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