Wednesday, November 15, 2017
One large room served as sleeping, eating, and recreational space for many men. And, if you're thinking that the beds look reasonably sized, it's because each of them was designed to sleep two.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
What surprised me was that they stored their saddles in their rooms.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
The actual fort was dismantled and its buildings used in the construction of Fort Fetterman, but the site was of enough importance that the buildings were reconstructed as a WPA project during the Depression.
Although the WPA used historically accurate building techniques, one decidedly non-historic element has been added: an electric meter.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
The whole second floor is devoted to children and young adults and has become a popular place for everything from story time to chess games, proving that libraries are gathering places as well as repositories for books.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
I know from my research that traveling by stagecoach wasn't particularly comfortable, but I'd still like to travel a few miles that way to see just how much passengers were jolted and bounced.
What do you think? Should we do it?
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Here's an American Goldfinch, his beak open as he reaches for a seed.
If you look carefully, you can see the seed in his beak.
One seed isn't anywhere close to enough, so he goes back for another and another and another.
I'm always amazed by how persistent the birds are. They'll stay on a single plant for up to an hour, devouring the seeds. It's particularly fun to watch them when they turn upside down to pluck a seed from the flower.
Here's what the plant looks like when they're finally finished. Not much left for the next bird.
I won't tell you how many hours I've spent watching goldfinches and other birds feasting, but each time I see them, I'm grateful for the volunteer sunflower that decided to grow so close to my house.