Rodeo, New Mexico
March 21, 2004
Besides the old two story hospital building, there is a barn that dates from 1911, a root cellar, and a historic cabin that was built by Ben Doney. Doney, a Union soldier, railroad foreman, and homesteader just north of Flagstaff, became more or less a Flagstaff fixture of his times. After a stint as mayor of Flagstaff, he died at age 90 from injuries sustained in a fall from the porch of his cabin.
The museum collections include farm machinery, vehicles, period costumes and pioneer memorabilia. Since I used to work as a nurse, their exhibit of early medical equipment was of particular interest to me.
My husband Bob’s favorite exhibit was Locomotive #12, one of the last two logging locomotives used in the Flagstaff area. After its construction in 1929, this engine was first put to use in Oregon as a water tanker. In 1956, the locomotive was refurbished and worked for three years for Southwest Forest Industries in Flagstaff, before being retired in 1959. It stood on the fairgrounds until July 1994, at which time the Northern Arizona Pioneers Historical Society paid the sum of $30,000 to have the engine as well as the caboose moved the nine miles from the fairgrounds to the museum!
This year (2004) May 28- June 20 they will co-host the 15th Annual Trappings of the American West Exhibition of Western Art and cowboy gear.
Presented by the Dry Creek Arts Fellowship, most of the events and exhibits will take place at the nearby Coconino Center for the Arts.
The museum is open Monday thru Saturday 9AM to 5 PM, and closed major holidays. For more information, call 928-774-6262.
From journal Stay Cool in Flag