AZTEC — In September, water from two heavy storms flooded Aztec's streets, bursting through the retaining wall at the Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village.

Months later, the museum is nearly back to it pre-flood state. The Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village hosted an open house Saturday to show off repairs made to the property after last year's storms.

During the floods, several feet of mud and debris covered the Pioneer Village and its woodchip walkways.

"You can imagine what water does to those," said Jimmy Miller, president of the museum association's board.

With help from the City of Aztec, the museum hauled the mud and debris away and replaced the woodchip walkway with a wheelchair-accessible red concrete path.

Tiffany Clewis on Saturday examines displays at the Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village during an open house.
Tiffany Clewis on Saturday examines displays at the Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village during an open house. (Jon Austria/ The Daily Times)

Repairs so far total more than $43,000. Both the city of Aztec and San Juan County chipped in, and residents also donated to help cover the cost.

Celtic Knot, a local music duo, played during the open house. Allison Reynolds, one of the group's members, said the band asked to play at the museum because its members love history.

"It's nice just to be able to play in an environment like this," she said.

In addition to Allison Reynolds, her husband, Shawn Reynolds, and a teddy bear named Theodore MacBear make up the band.

"He's a strong, silent type," Shawn Reynolds said, pointing to where MacBear was sitting.

Outside in the Pioneer Village, Bloomfield resident Joshua Justice explored the buildings with his son, Jericho, 2, and his niece, Keanu, 7.

"We were going to do a family outing," Joshua Justice explained.

When they read about the open house in The Daily Times, the family decided to check out the museum.

Jericho said he liked seeing the log cabin, while his cousin, Keanu, enjoyed the old jail, which has a bed and stove inside.

Joshua Justice said the open house also provided the family an opportunity to learn more about local history. When he first entered the museum, he walked into a room on the south side, where pamphlets on local history are available.

"I probably sat there for 45 minutes just reading them," he said.

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.