Sunday, June 3, 2018
Must see! Crucial history of our country, especially the old West is really captured in the multiple buildings in this museum, housing the fort from 1862 and also relocated saloon, 1-room Ritter school house from 1876, and blacksmith'sshop (1855).
Displays include logging, mining, milk production, farming and daily life
This is a must see. This museum has a the best and most variety of artifacts and buildings from the old West, including a one room school house with desks and relief maps from the 1800's. The building was moved from down the street to the museum, so it felt very real! There was also a Saloon building, which also housed an old operator switchboard and old postal units, as well as period clothing, irons, washing machine and more. An doctor's office equipment was displayed in another room showing old wheelchairs, tables, and old tins and bottles of medicines and preparations and much more.
Old farm equipment was, of course, on site, as well as an original (also relocated to the museum) blacksmith's shop. A working blacksmith's shop was there, too. Also, grinding equipment, including a 1 ton grinding stone from France, and mining artifacts.
In the fort itself were displays of music instruments, furniture, toys, dishes, Col. Francisco's rooms and items. Also, there was an Indian room of arrowheads, pottery, tools, grinding stones for corn, etc.