Eagle Scout builds Rancho Carretta for Dana Adobe
Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos is the recipient of Ian Howell’s Eagle Scout project for Troop 450. Ian built a 19th century replica of a carretta which was used by Missions and ranchos. He modeled his carretta after one he saw at La Purisima Mission. Ian, who turned 18 on June 1st and graduated from Nipomo High School on June 8th said, “ I built it as a service project to help a local non-profit organization, Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos, and to earn and fulfill the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout. Also I wanted to pay back the community that I grew up in that taught me so many valuable life skills and some early American history, too. Throughout the three months it took to build this cart, I received help from Troop 450, my family, friends and even my neighbors. My dad, Jim Howell, gave me the reclaimed wood to build the carretta’s base. My friend, Jason Tidalgo, gave me the black locust branches for the rails. I thank my parents and Harry Holden for pushing me to meet the deadline.” When asked what advice he would give to aspiring Eagle Scouts he said, “Do not procrastinate! Get your paper work and project done early.”
The carretta is currently “parked” where Captain William (Guillermo) Dana may have kept his carrettas that he used to carry hide and tallow to his Avila warehouse.