An Eagle Scout project with long-term effects on the community, the kiosk at Midland Depot at Divide has put Zachary Menz in the limelight.
The depot, a restoration project of Teller Historic Environmental Coalition, lacked an information kiosk.
Menz designed the kiosk, secured the funding and materials and led a construction team of fellow scouts who built the kiosk over two weekends. “We provided him with some pictures so he could do a pictograph on one side of the history of the depot,” said Dave Martinek, project coordinator for THE coalition. “The other side holds a picture of the depot. And the wood for the kiosk is about the same color as the depot.”
The restoration of the depot, which served the Colorado Midland and Midland railroads until the mid-1900s, is being done in phases. “The next phase is the code work, the plumbing, the electricity and the heating,” Martinek said.
With the kiosk Menz earned his Eagle Service Leadership badge. “He did an excellent job,” Martinek said. “The kiosk really does enhance the property.”
Menz worked with graphic designer Miriam LeBold who designed the signs and had them printed at no charge while Foxworth Galbraith donated the materials for the project.
The information kiosk provides a pictographic history of the depot from its inception in 1887 to the present. The original depot burned in the 1800s and the current depot was built in 1904 and will someday house historic exhibits, interpretive signage, educational programs and trailhead facilities.
Menz, whose parents are Steve and Mary Menz, graduated in May from Woodland Park High School and will attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins in the fall.