Old Cowtown

Old Cowtown is located in Wichita, Kansas.  They have relocated some of the old buildings that were built around Wichita to this museum.  It is located next to the Arkansas River on Museum Boulevard.  Across the street is the Botanical Gardens, which is worth a visit.

Settlers used to live in houses that were small, but it  suited their needs.

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They packed their wagons and move to Kansas.  I think they were trying to get out of the over grown city in the East and the mosquitoes in the South.

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Every town had a church. But, in the South every town seemed to have a Baptist Church, a Catholic Church, and a Methodist Church.  Which were usually across the street from each other.

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I made a friend while visiting Old Cowtown.

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At noon, there was a fight on the street of the town.  A couple was robbed.  The wife took the husband gun and shot the robber.  The wife went home, the robber was okay, and the husband went to the saloon.

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Outside to town, there was a farm.  They even had a lazy cow.  She was eating laying down.

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The Bead Tree

This tree at the Hasting Museum, which they hid down in the “basement” had the most interesting ornaments of any of the other trees.  The ornaments were either decorated or made from beads.

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I do not need another craft, especially one that requires handling tiny beads and thin wires.  The Midwest Beaders should be proud of their beautiful work.

The Carpenters Tree

I do not know the official name of this tree at the Stuhr Museum, but I am calling it the Carpenters Tree.  It gets a special mention because of the uniqueness of the decorations.

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At first, all you really see is Home Deport cards.  If you look closers, you will see ornaments made from nails and screws.

 

Also, on the tree is wood panels each paint with a different design.

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Located at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park is the home of J. Sterling Morton, who is the founded Arbor Day. The home features furniture and art work that is original to the home. It also has an original Tiffany Window that take 15 men to open it.

J. Sterling Morton is the father of Joy Morton who founded the Morton Salt Company.
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Art Show

I attended the Art Show of some very talented students from the Hall County area of Grand Island, NE. The event was held at the Sturh Museum. These are just a few of the hundreds items on display. Their parents and teachers should be proud.

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The students put in a lot of time and effort on each piece.

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The little added pieces provided an excellent enhancement.

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Many of the students showed that they had a steady hand and a lot of patience.

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Transforming one dot at a time into a work of art.

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Even the creepy, crawly turned out beautiful.

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Some pieces should their whimsical side.

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Other pieces showed their creativity.

Fantasy of Trees

This is the 28th year that the Stuhr Museum has held the Fantasy of Trees.  Local organizations and community member displays decorated trees.

I took the opportunity to view the trees this year.

I also brought with me my new 360 camera.  This is just a test to see how it come out.