History of the Museum Building
The Museum building that you see today started its life as a Catholic Church in 1955. Built by Air Force volunteers from the bombing test site. The story behind this building is fun, heartbreaking and to say the least very interesting. You can download the story here written by one of the men who built it M/Sgt. Arthur D. Rogers in 2008, he was 70 years old. Father Raemers was the roving Priest that came to Beatty once a month and mentioned that Beatty did not have a Catholic Church when he was at the Air Force Base. It didn't take long for volunteers to join in and work on this building every weekend. It took from early 1954 to early 1955 to finish the Church. M/Sgt. Arthur D. Rogers built the bell tower and went to the old Manhattan Church to secure the bell still housed inside it. The building functioned as a Church until sometime in the early 1990's.
The building was purchased in 2002 from the Catholic Dieses in Las Vegas, Nevada to become the new home for the Beatty Museum & Historical Society. In 2003 Les and Kay Parsons donated another large building to become an annex to hold the ever growing collections. A new paint job and siding, we are good to go! The old building never looked better.
The next expansion came in 2008 when D&H Mining and the Amargosa Dairy along with some volunteers filled in the large hole that was on the left side of the building. Plans to build a Gazebo as a smoking area were underway and the ground needed to be leveled. At the same time the Memory Brick Fundraiser started so what a better place to put the walk than from the Main Building to the Gazebo. Thanks to many of the local volunteers the construction was on its way.
Many other smaller projects have been accomplished to change the look of the Museum Building. A Memory Brick pathway leads you outto the Gazebo. The benches and table are now installed. There is even a mine display in the front of the building.