On the four-year mark of the Granite Mountain Hotshot tragedy, the buggies that transported the elite firefighters to their final mission are scheduled to leave town, and the fire station they called home is on the market.
For some family members and local residents, that raises the question: Should Prescott have its own museum or visitor center to preserve the memory of the 19 fallen Hotshots?
Over the past several months, actions by the City of Prescott have brought the question to the forefront.
For instance, the Prescott City Council agreed in May to sell the two crew buggies used by the Hotshots to the County of Los Angeles Fire Museum for $25,000, with one of the vehicles going to L.A., and the other to the Phoenix Hall of Flame Fire Museum.
In addition, Fire Station 7, the former home of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, was listed for sale by the city earlier this month, with a bid deadline of Thursday, June 29.
City officials reported late Thursday that two bids were received by the deadline, and a decision on whether to sell is expected to go to the City Council in late July/early August.
Meanwhile, the artifacts that grieving residents and family members placed on the Station 7 fence after the 19 Hotshots died fighting the June 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire are scheduled to be moved to a new location for storage.
In the midst of all of the transition, city officials say they still are open to the idea of a museum or visitor center — if the push for the project were to come from the community.
“The long-term goal is to find a permanent home (for the tribute-fence…
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