Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wednesday in Wyoming -- September 5, 2012

For anyone who's interested in the pioneers' journey west, the Historic Trails Museum in Casper is a must-see.  I've always been fascinated by the strength -- both physical and emotional -- that the early travelers must have had, and this museum only increased my admiration for them.  The first thing to see is this central room with its life-sized exhibits and a 19-minute movie that cleverly incorporated the wagons into it.  On a side note, you'll notice that the canvas tops of the wagons are no longer the milk white they were when they left Missouri.  The movie mentions the white-topped prairie schooners, but these show the results of weather and the inevitable dust.  Notice, too, that the travelers are walking, not riding.  Some even did it barefoot, which I cannot imagine. 

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