Colorado River Heritage Center
At Bullhead City Community Park

Phase Two:  Relocate the "Li'l Red Schoolhouse" 

Once the Colorado River Heritage Center at Bullhead City Community Park was launched, Gillian Whittington, wife of Golden Vertex CEO/President Dick Whittington, came up with the vision to relocate the original "Lil Red Schoolhouse" to the Heritage Center, to further the concept of one central location for school children to learn of the rich history and culture of the region.  The Heritage Center Task Force then approached the Bullhead City Elementary School District with the idea of donating the unused facility to the City of Bullhead City, and they agreed.

The Task Force then worked over the next 2 1/2 years to raise approximately $156,000 of cash and in-kind donations necessary to relocate the building from the corner of Third Street and Lee Avenue to Community Park - a journey of approximately one mile.  The physical journey took place over a two-day period (July 29-30, 2015).  Thanks to the expertise of Roy Dean and his crew at "A-Arid State House Movers", the building arrived in its new location with no mishaps.

Work began "painting, polishing, and planting" to prepare the building for its grand opening during the Inaugural Heritage Days Celebration on September 26, 2015.  The Lil Red Schoolhouse is now operated by the Colorado River Historical Society volunteers and is open Mondays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Mohave Electric Cooperative became a strategic partner of the project in the Spring of 2015.  To see a video, please click above

The Atwater-Vallon Family Trust also contributed at the Corporate Sponsor Level.

Other Businesses and Individuals who contributed cash and in-kind services to the project include:

A-Arid State House Movers; Baron Pest Control; Bobcrete Services; Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce; Cal Zon Fence; Got Air Heating and Air Conditioning; Mohave Electric Cooperative; S&S Concrete; Seabury Fritz Architects; Suddenlink; US Southwest LLC; Kiwanis Noon Club; the viewers of KLBCTV2; M&M Home Maintenance and Landscaping; Valspar Paint, Allied Waste; Goodkin Electric and Security; Laughlin Sign; Steve Sunde; PGXpress Graphics; Rim Country Rock-n-Yard; YDWK, LLC; Village Construction; Lowe's and the Lowe's Heros employee volunteers; Stitck N' Rippits Quilt Guild; The City of Bullhead City including City Manager Toby Cotter, Mayors Jack Hakim and Tom Brady and Don Carley and his team of experts.

The volunteer Task Force members include: Denise Vallon; Elsie and Craig Needles; Karole Finkelstein; Chris Barton; Lisa McCabe; Lacey Huft and the many people who have participated over the three years it took to bring Phase Two from concept to reality.

And finally, the project would not have been able to leave the drawing board stage without the expertise of former Chief Information Officer for Golden Vertex:  John Masterson.

Regional Media Coverage of the Project:

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