Coates: Eloy gives boost to historian’s vision for a museum

Dick Myers looks around the Old Toltec Elementary School as Bill Rose, a neighbor and volunteer, sands a frame around a restored blackboard. Myers has led the school’s restoration effort for the past 15 years. The city of Eloy recently approved $100,000 to complete the project. / Photo by Bill Coates / Pinal Central

 

Dick Myers is a student of history. He has a weekly radio show on Eloy’s KURE, 106.1 on the FM dial. He gives tours at cotton farms and other places of interest. Each tour comes with a history lesson.

He’s got a binder of notes on the history of Eloy. He’s got enough to write a book. He plans to do that, too.

But his most enduring legacy is right off Toltec Road. It’s the Old Toltec Elementary School on Camelot Street. It’s just south of Frontier Street. That’s Jimmie Kerr Boulevard as you near Casa Grande.

The school was built in 1930. It’s a Spanish Mission style. Grades one through eight were taught here. Classes were full during cotton-picking season. Teachers had to make room for children of migrant workers.

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