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July, 2008 - Eric and Mandy Hurst enjoying a ride around the grounds after a long work day is done. This Morton building will be sided with lumber sawn at the show this year.
July, 2008 - the footbridge is constructed
May 26, 2008 - First steam engine at the grounds and first hill climb - Ted Moorman's and Eric Steinkamp's 80HP Case
June, 2008 - Making a sturdy foundation for the water tank
May - June, 2008 - working on the sawmill and its shelter
May - June, 2008 -Jim Westerman took charge of finishing and installing the beautiful walnut trim in the meeting hall. It came from lumber sawed at the 2007 show.
March, 2008 - First bathroom stalls in place
February, 2008 - Mark Dieckmann working on plumbing, insulation hung, and geothermal lines trenched in
December 07 - Preparing a space for geothermal units - many thanks go to Steve Moeller who donated his time to finish the drywall seams.
The porch was finished on November 17, 2007
October 27 - Windows and doors installed, roof vent in place. First membership meeting held in the hall!
Siding on the gables and soffit installed - October 6 & 7
September 30 - Siding on all 4 sides!
Weekend of September 22 and 23, 2007 - putting on the roof. Thank you to everyone who came and helped! Congratulations on a job well done!
Building the well house, putting up fence, newly laid septic fingers, digging the pads for the sawmill, installing electric at campgrounds
Putting up walls and setting trusses, Labor Day Weekend. What a great turnout of volunteers we had!
Mark Schrank, Mark Dieckmann, and Dale Sorber pre-fabbing some of the structures needed for the building.
There used to be a pond here. Note as well that the water tank has been set. June, 2007
This is the road across the ravine that is pictured in some of the earlier shots below. Wow! June, 2007
The block walls are going up. June, 2007
The sub floor plumbing is put in place, and the floor for the bathroom is poured. Thanks for your plumbing expertise, Mark Dieckmann! May, 2007
The concrete is poured for the main room of the building and the porch. April, 2007
Here are some shots of the building foundation being prepared. March, 2007
Click on the thumbnails above to see some shots of the road building project and the equipment used. Work was done in the late fall of 2006. Pictures courtesy of Eric Hurst.
These pictures were taken July 22, 2006. The filling of the ravine is nearly complete. Pictures courtesy of Eric Hurst.
Here are some pictures taken June 20, 2006, of the dirt that was hauled in to fill in the ravine and make it passable. There is still more to be brought in. Compare this to the pictures above when the tiles were being set.
On March 5 and March 19, 2006, several volunteers came to the Dale Sorber farm to cut locust fence posts to be used at Caldwell Pioneer Acres. This will greatly reduce the club's expenses in putting up the fences needed at the show grounds. Many thanks to Ed Scheele, Steven Scheele, Mark Schrank, Mark Dieckman, Justin Sorber, Dale Sorber, Eric Hurst, Larry Hansel, Bill Bockover, Tim Trabel, Brian Vaughn, Bob Gold, and Vince Grote for all their hard work on this project!
Here are several pictures of the work that was done at the grounds in January of 2006. We had a long stretch of large concrete tiles set in place for drainage across a ravine where we intend to make a road so that all parts of the grounds are more accessible. We are blessed to have so many skilled workers as members of our club. Many thanks to Eric Steinkamp (excavator operator), Tracy Porter, Ted Moorman, Tim Trabel, Brian Vaughn, Sam Ertel, and Dale Sorber for all their time and effort in this project. And thanks go out as well to Eric and Mandy Hurst for having the forethought to take some pictures for posterity. Finally, we would like to extend our appreciation to HyGrade Excavating from Greensburg, Indiana, for donating the use of their excavator in this endeavor.