What a great place to visit. One needs 2 days to fully see everything here. Try to pick a cool day so you can spend lots of time in the upstairs exhibits. There are over 50,000 items to see. I was impressed the moment we entered the mail building (there are 25 buildings of things to see). Lots of history. In one building, you can see the way everyday living has changed from 1830 to 1960. Kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms are set up to show the way things changed. There are antique tractors, trucks, automobiles, planes, farm machinery, washing machines, and so much more. If you are ever in this area, be sure to take a couple of days to see Pioneer Village.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
There are 3 buildings housing the antique automobiles and Trucks. So many to see.
Lots of wagons and buckboards to see. Here are a few that we saw.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Great museum. We were able to see tanks, jeeps, halftracks, a helicopter that had been shot down 5 times in Viet Nam, ambulances, a snow tractor, HMMWV’s, a WWII Volkswagon swim wagon, uniforms, motors, Hot Lips, uniforms, guns, a vehicle used in Patton’s army, and many other items. What we liked is that we could even touch the vehicles and sit in some of them. Great day. Click on travel photos for more photos.
a group of Mormons making their way to Utah were stranded by a storm and had to be rescued.
Mark Twain traveling by stage. Can you image 20 people inside this stagecoach? Sometimes, that was the amount of people traveling at one time.
Pony Express Rider off to next stop.
Fort Kearney was a frontier outpost on the Oregon Trail. Pioneers traveling the Trail would stop here. This was also a Pony Express stop. Fort Kearney was also on the Mormon Trail. Not much is left of the original fort except a sod building which is set up as the blacksmith shop. There is a replica of the stockade and the ammo dump.
Mormon cart. Can you imagine pulling this for 1300 miles, from Iowa City to Salt Lake, 125 days? One had to pay $45 dollars and was allowed 17 pounds of personal items for an adult, 10 pounds for a child.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Arrived at Mahoney State Park, Ashland, Nebraska and went to tour the Strategic Air & Space museum located next door. Cost of tour was $11, well worth the money. Gary says that this is close to the Pima Air Museum in Tucson, Arizona.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
This is one of the largest private collections in the United States. The wild game collection has 100 full-body mounts and 50 head mounts. We had our own private guide who explained how the animals were mounted and about the gentleman who had the collection in his home.
Small museum located in what used to be the sheriff’s office and home. The jail was on the bottom floor, the family lived on second floor. Besides the jail, there is a 1900 cabin that was built as a playhouse for a wealthy man’s children, and an old church.
This is a 19th century flour mill with all the original equipment still in the mill. We had a tour guide who told us how all the equipment worked. Also was able to view a video about the mill.
Ashfall Fossil Beds is home to remains of 12 million year old mammals that died after a volcanic eruption. The eruption was 1000 miles away from the water hole. The ash was very fine, the animals inhaled the ash and eventually the ash covered every thing. Fossils of barrel-bodied rhinos, three-toed horses, llama-like camels, sabre-toothed deer, elephants, and other animals can be seen. There is a barn, called Rhino barn, that covers an intact fossil site with complete fossil skeletons left in place for public viewing. We were able to watch some of the digging taking place and got to talk to an intern who explained what was going on.