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Adopt-a-Building at Bonanzaville shows success

The Great Northern Gate House was adopted by the Bonanzaville board members. David Samson1 / 5
The Blacksmith Shop was adopted by American Welding and Gas of West Fargo. David Samson2 / 5
The U-R Next Barber Shop was adopted by Killoran Trucking and Maple Valley Ag Product. David Samson3 / 5
The Hunter Times was adopted by businesses from Hunter, N.D. David Samson4 / 5
The Buffalo Bandstand was adopted by the EBC Fraternity Alumni Committee of Valley City. David Samson5 / 5

Five buildings have been “adopted” at Bonanzaville this year through its Adopt-a-Building program that started November of 2012.

The program was started by the nonprofit as a way to ensure the historic buildings will have the necessary funding to last for generations and be enjoyed by many, Interim Director and Sales and Marketing Coordinator Emily Wehlander said in a release.

Bonanzaville is offering 42 buildings for adoption. As of Monday, 30 remained available.

The U-R Next Barber Shop was adopted by Killoran Trucking and Maple Valley Ag Product.

“I had my first haircut in that barbershop in 1948, so it’s nice to be able to ensure it will be preserved and can be enjoyed by future generations,” Jerry Killoran said.

The U-R Next Barber Shop was originally located in Buffalo, N.D.

The Blacksmith Shop was adopted by American Welding and Gas of West Fargo. The blacksmith shop was moved to its present location at Bonanzaville in 1970 from Tower City, N.D.

The Buffalo Bandstand was adopted by the EBC Fraternity Alumni Committee of Valley City. This group has always promoted the arts and looked at the Buffalo Bandstand as a part of history that they didn’t want lost. Many musicians have gotten their start performing on the bandstand on a nice summer evening in Buffalo.

The Great Northern Gate House was adopted by the 2013-2014 Bonanzaville board members.

The Hunter Times was adopted by a number of businesses from Hunter, N.D., including Dakota Heritage Bank, Hunter Insurance Agency, Hunter Grain Co, Nepstad Oil Co. and Hunter Equipment.

If interested in adopting a building, contact Board President John Monilaws at (701)269-2605.

Bonanzaville is a pioneer village and museum operated by the Cass County Historical Society with 43 historic buildings, and more than 400,000 artifacts.

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