Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Here's a closer view that also highlights the fancy card and letter holder on the wall. Life was definitely easier for the officers and their families than it was for the soldiers.
However you celebrated Christmas, I hope it was a joyous time for you and that you're looking forward to 2016. I send my wishes for a year filled with peace and happiness.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
And, yet, they did their best to decorate their quarters.
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
I wish my dining room looked this festive.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
I hope you'll enjoy this month's blog posts as I share some of the fort's special decorations with you. While the man-made decorations are lovely, nothing compares to the natural beauty of a fresh coat of snow.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
This exhibit from the State Museum's 125 Years of Statehood exhibit gives you an idea of the two sides' opinions of wolves. If you can't read the smaller sign, it says "Little Red Riding Hood Lied. Restore the Wolf."
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
On October 31, 1916 the University of Wyoming became one of the first colleges in the country to have a Reserve Officers Training Corps program, which they called The Students Army Training Corps.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Did you know that Wyoming celebrated 25 years of statehood this year? In honor of that milestone, the State Museum created an exhibit with artifacts from each of the decades of statehood. This 44-star flag, which was presented to the governor by Esther Morris, commemorates both the fact that Wyoming was the forty-fourth state to join the Union and that women played an important role in the territory being approved for statehood.
In case you can't read it, the lettering on the red stripes reads, "To Wyoming, from her women, in honor of the State Constitution, 1890."
Here's more information about the flag's presentation.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The Lincoln Monument -- Part 4
Once the pedestal was ready for Lincoln,the next step was for the crane operators to secure straps around him. I hadn't expected them to go around his neck, but as you can see, that's exactly where they were positioned. And then it was time to go airborne.
You've heard of picture perfect weather. That's what we had that day.
The same crew that had prepared the pedestal had to get it into exactly the right place, then secure it to the base.
Although that's not what's happening, this picture looks almost as if one of the workmen was trying to straighten Lincoln's tie.
Even after the straps were removed and the crane was able to leave, work continued, securing the monument to its base. But eventually everything was completed, and the newly restored Lincoln monument was ready to greet travelers for many more years.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
The Lincoln Monument -- Part 3
You might think that the next step was to place the bust back on the pedestal, but there was work to be done before that. A crew had to prepare the pedestal. Believe it or not, that was a multi-hour project.
Next the crane had to be positioned. And then ...
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The Lincoln Monument -- Part 2
Once that was finished, several coats of sealer were applied, followed by a special coating to protect it from UV rays.
You can see just how tall Lincoln is -- 13 1/2 feet -- by comparing the top of his head with the ladder. It's a large statue!
And, yes, his bowtie is crooked. Apparently many representations of Abraham Lincoln, including the engraving on the five dollar bill, show him with a crooked tie, so Robert Isaiah Russin, the artist chosen to create this statue, continued the tradition.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The Lincoln Monument -- Part 1
Why was Lincoln gone?
Here's another view of the pre-restoration statue.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Wyoming is a semi-arid state, so you won't see the lush velvety-green pastures of the East. What you will find are shades of green, depending on how much water individual areas receive. The row of deep green trees in the distance tells travelers there's a small creek nearby. In the foreground, you see the gray-green of sagebrush, and in between there's the yellow green of grass getting ready to go dormant.
Boring or pretty? It's all in the eye of the beholder.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
What it is it? A badger. And though they're supposedly nocturnal, this one obviously didn't get that memo.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
They're back! Cheyenne's weed-eating goats -- the environmentally friendly, not to mention cute, alternative to herbicides -- are back. Here they are at rest early in the morning, getting ready for another hard day at work.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The Mural Tour -- Part 5
Take a closer look.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
The Mural Tour -- Part 4
Unlike the other murals, each of which had only one artist, this one has two: a mother and daughter team.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
The Mural Tour -- Part 3
Despite the blank sign, I enjoyed seeing this small park across the street from the train depot. Whether they were there as passengers or simply waiting for friends or family, I can imagine people looking at the clock to see how long it was before the next train would arrive.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
The Mural Tour -- Part 2
This mural celebrates Thomas Edison's fishing trip to Battle Lake, approximately 70 miles south of Rawlins. Who would have thought that a fishing trip would inspire the famous inventor? That's exactly what happened. While he was at Battle Lake, Edison paid particular attention to the fiber line on his fishing pole and later experimented with it as a filament for the incandescent light bulb.
I've always said that inspiration can come at any time, and here's proof.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The Mural Tour -- Part 1
How many towns do you know that have commissioned twelve murals to commemorate local history? Rawlins did exactly that.
Although this isn't the first mural you encounter when you enter town from the east, it's the perfect one to welcome you to the mural tour. As you can guess from the train cars in the background, this one's located at the train depot. The holes instead of faces for the conductor as well as the mother and child give visitors a chance to become part of the giant postcard. Note that the attention to detail includes those black mounting corners that so many of us have used to put pictures and postcards into scrapbooks.
Have you ever had your picture taken by a sign similar to this?
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Honoring the Pioneers -- Part 4
In addition to the memorial service and burial, the afternoon's events included the unveiling of the commemorative sign provided by the Platte County Historical Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution. (That's a DAR member in historic costume.)