GF Museum on schedule with the help of citizensMuseum to become centerpiece of town BY CHUCK TUCK | JOURNAL REPORTER Unlike the walls of Jericho that tumbled down, with the sound of horns and marching, the walls of the new Granite Falls Museum were raised into place with the faith, and help of many hard working volunteers, businesses, and citizens of Granite Falls.
Museum President Ted Peddycord and his wife were on hand during the framing, and hoisting of a spar-tree, lending a hand when needed.
Peddycord stepped in to tighten the bolts around the spar-tree, which will be the centerpiece for the museum.
“A lot of good people have done a lot of work here,” Peddycord said.
With a hoist from a crane towering high above the second story, the 25-foot spar-tree was moved into place in the center of the main museum.
Pat Coyle was there to watch as the centerpiece of the museum was put in place.
“I grew up here, and then moved away; now I’m back,” Coyle said.
One might call Coyle is an artisan and a “jack of all trades,” doing a lot of work on many of the buildings in Granite Falls, Coyle is glad to see the town get a larger and improved museum.
Bill O’Brien from Bill’s Crane Service was more than happy to assist with the project. O’Brien having lived in Granite Falls until the age of 12, made this personally rewarding for him.
Fred Cruger said it took a tremendous amount of planning to make sure everything fit the way it did.
Adding that it may not have looked very exciting, but it still took time planning which walls needed to be erected first, where to leave openings, fitting braces, and determining all the different lengths for the support rods.
A special thanks to Appleby NW, a steel-rolling company in Granite Falls that custom fabricated the large steel ring which encircled the top of the spar-tree.
Without their generosity of providing the materials for the rods, and fabrication of special fixtures on the second story of the museum, much of the project could not have been kept on schedule.