Dawson miner’s shack receives donors’ support Wednesday

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Dawson School Alumni Association representative Kaye Don Rickels, with check left, presented a donation to Dawson City Clerk Sherry James Wednesday night. Sharing in the celebration were, back row from left, Dawson City Council members Billy Carpenter, Clarence Morman and Robin Wolfe and Dawson Mayor Breanna Morman.

The Dawson School Alumni Association presented a $250 donation to the Dawson City Council Wednesday night toward completing the restoration of the Dawson miner’s shack.

“At the Dawson School reunion it was voted to make a donation towards the city of Dawson’s project of the miner’s shack,” said Dawson Mayor Breanna Morman. “This money is to put towards the windows to get it enclosed before winter.”

Kaye Don Rickels, representing the Dawson School Alumni Association, presented the donation to Dawson City Clerk Sherry James at the monthly council meeting. Morman and council members Billy Carpenter, Clarence Morman and Robin Wolfe thanked the alumni association for the gift.

The authentic miner’s shack cost the city about $5,000 to restore, Morman said. It is one of the few surviving miner’s shacks in Iowa and symbolizes the overwhelming importance of the mining industry in the early economic development of Dallas County.

The Dawson miner’s shack stands near the restored Dawson Depot and the Raccoon River Valley Trail.
Wednesday’s donation from the Dawson School Alumni Association will help complete restoration of the miner’s shack.

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