2008 Western Adventure
Day 20 - July 9, 2008
After a good nights sleep in a real King size
bed, I was welcomed with a great pancake, bacon, and fresh fruit
breakfast. As usual, I was the last one to finish eating, but
I sure enjoyed it. And the coffee was also outstanding.
I don't drink coffee much any more, but I couldn't resist the full
bodied aroma of Barbara's special blended coffee.
After breakfast we exchanged a few more stories
about our past adventures,
then Jay asked me if I wanted to take a tour of their local train
station that he has been so active in restoring and establishing
museums within the station. They had an old car museum, which
was not real big, but included some very rare and beautiful cars,
including the first Oldsmobile built. a wonderfully restored
Pierce-Arrow, and one of the biggest Packard's that I had ever seen.
The museum attendant was as interesting as the cars. He was a
retired rocket scientist who had plenty of stories to tell about his
days in industry. He was also fairly knowledgeable of the the
old cars in the museum. He told a story about the first
Oldsmobile, and how the came up with a price for the car.
There was nothing else to compare prices in 1901, so Ransom
Oldsmobile decided to charge $1.00 per pound, or $640.00.
A lot of train car and engine restorations have
taken place, and are displayed under a large canopy at the south
side of the train station. Of those restored, I was very
interested in a WW II hospital car that would accommodate over 30
wounded service men. One of the station attendants was so
enthused to show us what the have been doing. It's great that
so many are willing to volunteer their time to keep our history
Another amazing museum is the Browning Company
gun collection. The collection is extremely extensive, and
include a scaled down version of many of their guns. These
little guns actually worked.
We also had a late snack at the cafe located in
the train station. We only had wings and onion rings, but they
Barbara had a very tasty chicken dish for us that
evening. She's a great cook
Jay and I talked away the evening, watch the Jay
Leno monologue and then went to bed.