Three Rivers Historical Museum

Here’s a run down on what is happening over the next several months

A generous benefactor has challenged us with an incredible opportunity. For every dollar we raise through November 30th, they will match it dollar for dollar.

Projects

PUBLIC RESTROOMS

Final approval from the Tulare County Board of Supervisors was completed on August 13th. This was needed to formally hire a contractor for the project. Now comes the date to start construction. It is estimated that work will start in early September.

BAHWELL SALOON

The flooring is done and we have the wood for the framing. We are looking for old barn wood to do the siding. If you know of any old barn wood that is just waiting to be a part of our museum, please let us know. The saloon is 8’x16’ with a door (with window) and a window so you can look inside. The original saloon was built just 35’ from the current sight in 1895 and lasted until July 1, 1919.

BLACKSMITH SHOP

Yes, I said blacksmith shop! Watch for details about this exciting addition. Funded by a special grant not connected to our funding drive for the barn. The shop will be a separate building from the barn. The photo is the original Kaweah Colony shop. It would be nice to copy the original with some changes to make sure it is functioning as a working blacksmith shop.

BARN

A 2,400 sq.ft. two story barn that will display first settler information including antique wagons. It will also be the gathering place for Museum and community events. This will be the “center piece” to the Museum Complex and once the restrooms are in place we will begin construction. We are working on additional grant requests to supplement what we already have in the bank.