The Silver Bell Museum Project

At our 2019 Grand Silver Bell Reunion, we were all challenged by a Pima County Supervisor to build a museum as the town of Ajo has done. The board of directors responded immediately. Our desire, of course is to preserve the rich and wonderful history of all the communities, mines, and railroad making up the Silver Bell Mountains: Pelton, Atlas Camp (aka BS&K), "old" Silver Bell, Sasco, Red Rock, our own Silver Bell, the Imperial Copper Company, and ASARCO.

Almost every mining town in Arizona has a historical society and a museum. Those towns do continue to exist today; however, we have no existing town. History may be eluding us. We believe a museum will be a very real place where history can be viewed and appreciated. 

Our initial goal of $5,000 is seed money to get us started. We have been looking for old houses from Silver Bell. We've been told of the possibility of free space in the Town of Marana (though the offer has not materialized). We've considered renting space. And we have thought of beginning with a small building and expanding as time goes on.

The photo you see is a 12' x 12' building we have found at Home Depot. It would serve our purposes to begin with. The cost is under $5,000, and we would need to construct, insulate, and wire it for electricity. Of course, placing it is another matter. We are hopeful!

Several people have told us that once we have a museum, they will donate small and large artifacts which will be displayed in the museum. We already have many items and we know that there are many of you who also have items which would find a permanent home that will belong to all of the Silver Bell family and to the public.

Please consider contributing to this campaign. Small or large amounts are so appreciated!

Donations

  • Nancy Rice Callicotte 
    • $100 
    • 3 mos
  • Richard Thomas 
    • $50 
    • 9 mos
  • Karen Holton 
    • $10 
    • 9 mos
  • Steve and Bette Jameson 
    • $50 
    • 9 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $150 
    • 9 mos

Organizer

David Cleaver 
Organizer
Tucson, AZ
Silver Bell Historical Society 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
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