Trade in your pennies for a new set of wheels

We’re bringing the Keremeos Museum’s wagon back to life, starting with the wheels, and we need your help.

The museum is fundraising to restore this pioneer piece of transportation.

The museum is fundraising to restore this pioneer piece of transportation.

 

The South Similkameen Museum Society is looking for a wagon load of pennies for our latest restoration project.

We’re bringing the Keremeos Museum’s wagon back to life, starting with the wheels, and we need your help.

The chuck wagon, donated by Ed Paulson in 1982, is at least 80 to 90 years old and comes from a ranch located halfway between Keremeos and Cawston now known as the Rocking Chair Ranch. The wagon was used by Garnet “Garney” Willis back in the 1930s when it was the Graham-Willis Ranch.  “Garney” and the wagon would hit the trail with supplies for the herders as they moved sheep from pasture to pasture.

The wagon was originally restored in 1989 by Ken Smith and, with your help, the wheels will be restored again by Danley Carriage and Wheel in Armstrong.  Hopefully we can have it parade ready soon.

But it’s going to cost $1,480.

That’s where the pennies come in. As the federal government is phasing out the lowly penny anyway we thought we could save you the time and trouble of rolling up all those coppers.

Donate your pennies at Keremeos Hardware, Signz.ca, V&S Variety Store, the Greyhound/Canadian Chopper, Similkameen Agencies, K-Café, or if you’ve got a heavy load, call Judy Chisholm at 250-499-2883 and we’ll pick up (and we won’t mind if the odd nickel, dime or quarter gets mixed in.) For more information contact Judy Chisholm, ssimmuseumsoc@hotmail.ca

 

Happy Trails!

 

 

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