LEGACY OF THE "MAKERSPACE" BUILDING (303 E. Main Street).

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LEGACY OF THE "MAKERSPACE" BUILDING (303 E. Main Street).

This was the B & M Oil Field Contracting Building in my day. It was bought out by Pollard Contracting somewhere around 1970; their shop was over on the corner of Prospect street and River Road.

According to THE REALITY OF RANGELY, the history masterwork by local author Robert Haag, It had been a garage repair business that in 1947 was sold by an Oliver Donecker to Henry Carnes, the "B & M" stood for "Bessie and Me". (Bessie was Carnes' daughter.)

(There are other theories as to what the two initials stood for...)

When old Oil Geek (then young oil geek) left town for Wisconsin back in '72, the building was still a contracting garage. I do not know how many owners and uses it has passed through in the ensuing years, but on, June 23, 2018, it began yet another new life:

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June 23rd the Grand Opening of MAKERSPACE, housed in this building, and sponsored/provided by Elizabeth Robinson Studio. it is an art center for kids and adults alike, with plans to be open on selected dates throughout the summer. As one of Rangey's "grass roots artists" from the past, I am excited to see another Rangely artist doing something such as this.

Wish in the worst way I could have been there today. Hope to pay a visit later in the summer to this new business, as well as reunite with my friends at the Rangely Museum, Bedrock Depot, any classmates that may be in town, and -- of course -- the Rangely Oil Field.

(Photo, 2015 Ken Bailey).