THE MOAB TRAM PROJECT PROPOSES TO REFURBISH
THE ABANDONED MOAB
MINING & TRAM CO.
Dr. Michael Duehrssen is certainly a man who works diligently for the service of God. His career features twenty plus years an an ER physician, serving on Search and Rescue and SWAT teams, as well as starting the International Rescue and Relief program for Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, which is now in its tenth year of operation as the college's second largest program.
In 2011, after a victory over leukemia, Michael relocated his family to DayStar Academy in Castle Valley, Utah. With a passion for service and humanitarian aid, he proposed to establish Radical Rescue, a program that teaches Christian leadership for communities in crisis.
As Dr. Duehrssen began to develop the Radical Rescue program (RAD), it became obvious that the expense to run it would be high. In order to keep the tuition cost affordable to students, a source of sustainability would be needed.
At the north end of Moab, Utah rests an unused tramway. An infamous "eyesore" to the community, the tramway failed due to a heated legal dispute between the county and the owner. Ending in a stalemate, the tram was abandoned, and has remained that way for nearly 14 years.
One day, visionary Michael Duehrssen drove by and saw it in a whole new light. This, he felt was the answer to Radical Rescue's needs. The plan was simple: purchase and revive the tram, add additional businesses, channel the profits to the Rad program and other humanitarian and educational programs. The unique Moab attraction would also offer outreach and economic opportunity to the community.
In August of 2012, Michael sought out the owner of the tramway and began negotiations for its purchase. A year later he decided to form an official development team to help bring the Radical Rescue program and the Moab Tram Project to life.
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