Some lucky person will soon have a wonderful piece of Tillman County history in their back yard.
The Tillman County Historical Society’s annual raffle project is a scale reproduction building modeled after the museum’s 1902 Horse Creek School. The building will make an amazing playhouse or a wonderfully distinctive storage shed.
Raffle tickets for the building are $5 each or five for $20 All proceeds will be directed toward operational expenses of the Pioneer Townsite Museum in Frederick.
The winning ticket will be drawn this spring at the historical society’s annual meeting.
The raffle is an annual historical society project that has spanned many years with prizes being reproductions of buildings at the Pioneer Townsite Museum. Past projects have included the 1924 AME Church, the museum’s red barn, the 1902 Frisco Depot, and the museum’s Frisco caboose.
Reproductions of the Horse Creek School have been built in the past, but scale of this year’s building provides broader use that past models. The building is approximately 10 feet tall, 6 feet wide, and 12 feet long.
The building was constructed by Pioneer Townsite director Jimmy Espinosa and the museum’s assigned inmates from the Frederick Work-Release Center.
The historical society purchased lumber and materials for the project from Frederick businesses.
The reproduction schoolhouse is currently on display at the Pioneer Townsite Museum, but can be seen in coming weeks at numerous points in Frederick including the Tillman County Courthouse Square. It will also be featured in Frederick’s Christmas Parade on Dec. 13.
The annual building raffle is the Tillman County Historical Society’s most important fundraising project. All proceeds will be used for operation and maintenance of the Pioneer Townsite Museum in Frederick.
Raffle tickets for the depot building may be purchased at the following locations: BancFirst in Frederick; First National Bank, Frederick; Frederick ACE Hardware; Box, Inc.; the Frederick Chamber of Commerce; Tillco Supply; Southwest Rural Electric 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 Merle Atkins, 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, and Joe Wynn.