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|Not very impressive from the outside but let's go in and be surprised!|
A few years ago we went to the Smithsonion Institute with Micah's family. Samara was just a baby but it was one of those things where you take advantage of an opportunity no matter what the circumstances. Anyway, the first building (it looked like a castle) we went in we got got kicked out of! Sammi was not happy and was screaming the whole time we were in there and a guide politely asked us to leave. It was an interesting display but very formal and library like so I guess they wanted quiet.
The next building was better. It was the Space and Aeronautics building and was filled with school groups and children on vacation. Three or four year old Alyssa loved it and we saw lots of interesting things. Sammi even got calmed down and looked at all the old airplanes.
The Smithsonian is a place you can visit time after time and never see the same thing if you want it that way, but of course I like to go back and read more on some of the same things!
Last Saturday Jim decided we needed to get out and see some things Casper, Wyoming, had to offer besides cold, snow and wind. He had been wanting to go check out the Wyoming Veteran's Museum for awhile so he, Bob and I went up to the airport where it is located. We drove around a little before we went in the building because, unbeknownst to me, Casper had a huge Army airbase during World War II. As we drove around it reminded me very much of Wendover, only it was much better kept up than Wendover's is!
|The old parade grounds with antelope grazing peacefully!|
|My favorite mural depicting an unexpected early blizzard at Martin's Cove near Devil's Gate and Independence Rock. That is another place that is great to visit. The fort and handcart museum there are soooo interesting!|
|Bob and I with our excellent "guide", John Goss.|
|Bob is showing Jim, John and I the M1 rifle he used in the service. He is explaining that it's a semiautomatic gas operated weapon.|
Thanks, Jim and John for showing us a different side to Casper! The murals go around the room from the early days in Wyoming history to the 1940s when they were painted. Here's some of what is in there!
|The first picture in the mural starting at early times of Indians and buffalo hunting.|
|Preaching to the Indians.|
|Scouting and then my favorite part about the blizzard!|
|There are plaques at each picture telling the history but I didn't have time to read them. I'm curious to know about that gazebo on the right!|
|Holding up a stagecoach?|
|This is for Chris, Telegraph operator and a lineman!|
|A famous Indian war fought in Wyoming territory, I suppose.|
|Workin' on the railroad.|
|Cowboys are branding.|
|Ranching and sheep herding were/are important industries in Wyoming.|
|These type of sheep camps are still often seen all over Wyoming. A couple of roughnecks at the oil well sight.|
|Of course oil was big even in the 40s! Now we are back around to the end. Our fighting men of WWII.|
|Check out the old radio! Yes that is Bing Crosby on top--they had many big name entertainers come to the base. This is the final mural in the room.|