Julie, the Chamber and the group trying to save the depot are volunteer. If you volunteer, voila! You are one of them.
The Wolf Point Cowboy Hall of Fame is designed to create a $30-$40 million "cowboy Disneyland" that becomes a "destination resort." The "Hall of Fame" part is a tiny fraction of the plan, tacked on for publicity. Let's face it. Tourist are going to be bored looking a pictures of old cowboys they didn't know.
The Wolf Point Project is designed for and intended to benefit Wolf Point. That was the whole idea. The only project that met their criteria was their own project.
They said that Miles City's modest proposal was too small, to much of a "start-up to build on rather than a whole shebang" to qualify. They wanted overblown, not reasonable.
They also want to be a standalone resort that doesn't send tourists to existing facilities. Having the Ranger Riders and the Art Center as competition to the "hall of fame" was seen as a bad thing.
Seriously, you want NOTHING to do with trying to bring that boondoggle to Miles City. It is a 'tainted' project that is going to go down in lawsuits long before anything, let alone a $35,000,000 destination resort is built.
What Miles City needs to do is build on what we have! The "hall of fame" has nothing in its collection. We have the Range Riders and the Art Center. We have enough material here to compete with the Buffalo Bill in Cody BUT it needs to cleaned up, curated, publicized, and administered as a PROFESSIONAL museum.
Are we up to the task? Why not volunteer to join the Range Riders and/or the Art Center and give it a go?
Oh, and the criteria for the National Register requires a whole LOT more than one door and one window. I can show you the form. If there is only one original door or window left, a building couldn't qualify. It has to have "high integrity," i.e. not radically changed from its historic construction. I realize that mocking preservationists and pretending all we want to preserve is a door here or a window there makes you feel superior but it does nothing to promote historic preservation as an important tool in economic development.
[This message has been edited by Amorette Allison (12/9/2011)]