The Milton Gottardi Loyalton Museum
The Museum is located on A24, just on the edge of town, on what locals call the "Six Mile Stretch", next to the city park. Pridefully, passed from local generation to local generation, the museum features Sierra County and Sierra Valley history, and displays on logging, agriculture, the Washoe Indians, and fraternal organizations. You can also see an old school house, logging wagons, a donkey engine, and farm equipment.
The Museum contains numerous artifacts, mostly from the Sierra Valley area (eastern part of Sierra County), plus historical photos, documents and books. The museum does have some genealogical information.
...photos compliments of the Sierra Booster Newspaper. First photo: Elda Fae Ball.. now retired.
The International Order of Odd Fellows' three story brick building in Loyalton was built around the turn of the 20th century. This building, along with the grocery store in Sierraville, are two of the few remaining buildings constructed of Sierra Valley brick. The picture to the right shows a Soda Fountain use in the Brick Store when is was known as the Huntly Store in 1911. The Brick Store may be seen on right side in header photo on the top of this webpage.
A collection of portraits and family memorabilia.
The museum is looking for volunteers to run the facility and tours.
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Comments or questions are welcome.
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ELDA FAE BALL, Curator at the Milton Gottardi Museum in Loyalton, worked her last day on September 7th giving tours. Elda Fae moved to Loyalton on July 4, 1946 and lived in Loyalton Hotel until April of 1947. She married Bobby Ball that year whose history spans from Ball Canyon to Dyson Lane.
Elda Fae has worked at the local Museum since 1998, starting under Milton Gottardi. She’s been proud of local heritage and has great stories to tell. Locals have felt her most trustworthy in offering valued family items of historical value. Elda Fae says many people have stated the Museum is Loyalton’s best part.
Her favorite exhibit is the whole set of old dental equipment, gifted to the City and used by Leonard Ede who also taught at the Island School. The drill is worked with a treadle and just thinking about it, she says, “makes my teeth hurt!. People are always amazed at what we have!” she brags. Her knowledge and dedication will be missed.
With budget restraints, the Sierra Valley Museum will be run by local volunteers, starting Memorial Day of 2012.
If interested, call City Hall at 993-6750, of fill out the form to the left.