SIGN UP FOR OCTOBER 4-5 OLD MERRILL CEMETERY LIVING HISTORY EVENT FEATURING PIONEERS OF BASIN AGRICULTURE.
Klamath Water Users Association proudly joins the Klamath County Museum in inviting you to a “Night at the Cemetery” at the Old Merrill Cemetery. Due to the popularity of this event, a second night has been added. Get your tickets now for either the October 4th or October 5th program.
This cemetery is the resting place of several legends in the development of the irrigated agriculture that defines our region. Actors will portray these historical figures and others who are important to our region’s history.
For example, two major figures to be featured are Dan Van Brimmer and J. Frank Adams, both of whom saw the promise of irrigation back in the 1880s: they (and two other Van Brimmers) built the Van Brimmer Ditch and Adams Canal, and put thousands of acres under irrigation in the Merrill, Malin, and Tulelake areas. Decades later, that land was integrated into the federal Klamath Project, which renamed the Adams Canal as the “D” Canal and helped expand service. As explained by the Museum, “other characters include Alma Kuehne, who died in a gunfight over water, and Alice Coppock, who farmed with her husband on the shore of Coppock Bay of Tule Lake in the early 1900s.”
Today’s Klamath Project farmers and ranchers carry forward the vision and industry of prior generations. The irrigated land generates hundreds of millions of dollars in regional economic activity each year, and is the foundation of local communities and culture.
Details from the Museum:
The program features actors portraying people who are buried in the Merrill Town Cemetery. Tickets are $10 per person, with a limited number of free tickets available for children 12 and under.
Tickets must be purchased in advance at the museum, 1451 Main Street, Klamath Falls. Tickets can be reserved over the phone with a bank card. No tickets will be available at the event.
Proceeds benefit the museum, the Klamath Falls YMCA, and the Merrill Lions Club flagpole fund.
The hour-long presentation is made in the form of a tour through the cemetery, with small audience groups led from station to station by a guide. The event will involve walking short distances over uneven ground.
Tickets are available for earlier tours that begin before sundown. Later tours begin at nightfall.
The event is described as a living history program and is not designed to be spooky or scary.
Those attending the event are advised to dress for cool weather and be prepared for the possibility of rain. Tickets are non-refundable. In the event of extremely harsh weather, the event will be moved to Walt Wilson Hall at the Merrill Civic Center.
For more information, call the Klamath County Museum at (541) 882-1000.