October 2, 2013
Some lucky person will soon have the duplicate of a great Frederick attraction in their back yard! The Tillman County Historical Society’s annual holiday raffle project for 2014 is a scale reproduction building modeled after the Pioneer Townsite Museum’s big red barn.
The building will make an amazing playhouse or a distinctive storage shed. Raffle tickets for the building are $5 each or five for $20. All proceeds will be used toward operational expenses of the Pioneer Townsite Museum in Frederick. The raffle is an annual historical society project that has spanned several years with prizes being reproductions of numerous buildings at the Pioneer Townsite Museum.
Past projects have included the museum’s 1902 Horse Creek School, the 1924 AME Church, the 1902 Frisco Depot, and the Frisco caboose. This year’s reproduction building is distinguished by its large size and easy-access doors which make it especially practical for use as a storage building. The building measures eight feet wide, 13 feet in length, and eight feet tall. The building’s side windows and back loft door open by swinging outward. The front of the building has a double-door that opens wide enough to accommodate most riding lawnmowers.
The building was constructed by Pioneer Townsite director Jimmy Espinosa and the museum’s assigned inmates from the Frederick Work-Release Center at Weaver. The historical society purchased lumber and materials for the project from Frederick businesses. The reproduction depot is currently on display at the Pioneer Townsite Museum. Raffle tickets for the depot building may be purchased at the following locations: BancFirst, Frederick; First National Bank, Frederick; Frederick ACE Hardware; the Frederick Chamber of Commerce; Tillco Supply; Southwest Rural Electric Cooperative in Tipton; and the Pioneer Townsite Museum. Tickets can also be purchased from any member of the Tillman County Historical Society’s board of directors. They are Judy Benson, Jack Bohl, Cacy Caldwell, Su Clifton, Frances Goodknight, Dena Northcutt, Jay Oxford, Roy Perkins, Jim Smith, Kent Smith, Cathy Riggins, Gary Tyler, Virginia Walker, Gayle White, Joe Wynn, and Pioneer Townsite director Jimmy Espinosa.