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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Frontier Trails Museum

Gabbie has had an interest in the history of people moving west in the United States for some time now. She reads historical fiction on this topic and enjoys visiting historical places in our area. We live about a half an hour from Independence, MO, a town that was once a frontier village and a main point for the three principle trails that crossed the west – the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California Trails. It was in Independence where thousands met to purchase and load their wagons before organizing into wagon trains. On one of the days off the kids had two weeks ago, I took them to the Frontier Trails Museum in Independence for a closer look at the history of the area.

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People would write their names on rocks as they passed and this rock has a paper on it for kids to write their names. Zachary found his name already on the rock!

There is an interactive area at the museum called “Pack Your Wagon,” At “Pack Your Wagon,” where you can pack a scaled-down version of a pioneer wagon with items suggested for a five month journey on the trail. The kids enjoyed this area for awhile.

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After we finished at the museum, we tried to find the wagon swales left from the wagon trains. Swales are wagon ruts and are  left in a grassy area near the museum. There is a paved walkway around the area.  We weren’t sure we were actually looking at anything other than grass, but it was pretty cool to know that we were exactly where the wagons crossed so many years ago.

Do you like visiting historical places?

9 comments:

Janine Huldie said...

I have to tell you from the first photo, it hit me how grown up Gabbie looks here. Seriously though glad that got to go and looked like so much fun 😉

tamarsb said...

What a fun museum!! I love visiting historical places. Growing up on the East Coast and now living in Boston makes that easy!

Desiree @ Macke Monologues said...

I haven't heard of that museum, but it looks like fun!
I'm not sure why (maybe the wagon) but this reminds me of the Oregon Trail game… Has Gabby played the new version of that??

Dara said...

no, I don't think she has played it. I looked it up and it looks like there is an ipad app for it for $5, but I don't know if it's worth it to buy!

Dara said...

she is definitely grown up looking these days!

Dara said...

boston is definitely historically interesting.

Desiree @ Macke Monologues said...

$5?!! Woah - that's steep!

Shoshanah G said...

From all my years playing Oregon Trail I definitely remember Independence as the place where the wagon trains always started. It was one of my favorite games growing up, but the original as well as the second edition. Although I wonder what version they're up to now...

Dara said...

I wonder if the game is still available! Gabbie would probably like it.