Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Ore Wagon Museum open on Fridays

Schedule planned to coordinate with historical bus tours

For the Express

    In partnership with the Mountain Rides Transportation Authority, the Ketchum Ore Wagon Museum is now open for an hour on Fridays. The museum will maintain the schedule for three more weeks to coordinate with the Mountain Rides “story tours.”
    The museum is open from about 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Friday through Aug. 22, leading up to the annual Wagon Days parade on Aug. 30. Free Sun Valley Story Tours, with a guide pointing out local historical sights, start every Friday at 10:15 a.m. at the Visitor Center in Ketchum. Participants should register at the center at Sun Valley Road and East Avenue prior to the tour.
    The one-hour tour with commentary by volunteer guides takes place on the regularly scheduled “blue” bus route. Immediately after the tour returns to the Visitor Center, the guide will invite participants to walk together to the Ore Wagon Museum at East Avenue and Fifth Street.
    The museum houses 3-ton wooden wagons from the 1800s that were used to haul ore from nearby mines to a smelter in Ketchum. The museum has redesigned panels depicting the history of the area. They are on display under a covered porch at the museum.
    The wagons will move to the Sun Valley Horsemen’s Center on the morning of Aug. 29, in preparation for the Wagons Days parade. They will return to the museum and be parked outside for Labor Day weekend.
    For additional information, call 726-3423. People wishing to visit the museum at other times should check in at City Hall, across the street from the museum.

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