LCRA, Pedernales Electric Co-op award $4,550 grant to Falls on the Colorado Museum
Rebuilding historic rock wall will help museum preserve area’s history
Nov. 17, 2020
MARBLE FALLS, Texas – A $4,550 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative will help the Falls on the Colorado Museum rebuild a historic rock wall that was recently demolished during construction at a nearby elementary school.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $3,269 in matching funds, will help reconstruct the 80-year-old granite rubble rock wall by the Old Granite School building, which houses the museum.
“Our mission is to preserve our history, to further our heritage, to protect artifacts and to provide an ongoing history of Marble Falls and the surrounding communities,” said Darlene Oostermeyer, museum board chair. “Saving this wall is saving a piece of history and another way we can fulfill our mission.”
The wall was constructed by former Marble Falls ISD Superintendent Don Cude and several unemployed rock masons during the Great Depression.
Oostermeyer said the wall is part of the ambience of the Old Granite School building and has provided additional seating during the museum’s outdoor events, including Founders Day celebrations, Veterans Day programs and children’s programs.
“We are so thankful for this grant that allows the museum to have another rock mason, a former MFISD student, rebuild the wall,” Oostermeyer said.
The community grant is one of 27 grants awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which helps volunteer fire departments, local governments, emergency responders and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric, water and transmission service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. PEC is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and is a partner in the grant program.
Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted in January. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to fulfilling our mission to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 and receives no state appropriations. For more information, visit lcra.org.
Founded in 1938 by then-Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson, Pedernales Electric Cooperative Inc. is a member-owned electric cooperative serving more than 340,000 accounts across Central Texas. An industry-recognized leader providing outstanding member service and reliable electricity, PEC conducts its business via a transparent and democratic process and highly encourages member participation.