Lakeview’s MC Chuckwagon & Western Heritage Exhibit happened to be amongst the recipients of Oregon Brownfields Awards, according to a news release issued by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality.
The local site, which serves as an historical monument recognizing the historical MC Ranch as well as Lakeview’s tradition rooted firmly in Western heritage, received an Outstanding Project award through the program.
This year marks the 5th year for the awards program, which honors the implementation of remediation projects that stimulated economic development or addressed some form of community development need, according to the awards program informational brochure.
“This project is the anchor for a renewed community revitalization effort,” said Town of Lakeview Mayor Mike Patrick, as quoted in the brochure. “When coupled with other efforts to preserve and promote the heritage of Lakeview and the surrounding area, the MC Chuck Wagon Exhibit is expected to lead the way in celebrating and promoting our history.”
The exhibit’s conception was based upon the reclamation of the former Mile Hi Service Station property, located near the junction of highways 140 and 395. Spearheaded by Jack Nicol, a new structure was constructed on the site that houses the original MC Ranch’s historic chuckwagon along with other artifacts of significance.
The state DEQ assisted the former property owner with the clean-up of underground contamination from underground petroleum tanks. Historically, the site had housed gasoline service stations for a span of multiple decades, from the 1920s up to the 1990s.