**For the sake of transparency, I am really back home now, but have a couple more installments to finish the journey. Thanks for following me in this adventure!**
After leaving Lincoln, Dad and I drove to Grand Island, Nebraska, to spend the night. A side note – the cheapest gas of the whole trip was found here. It was only $3.41/gallon! Several times we paid over $4.00/gal but most of the time it was about $3.80 or so.
Dad wanted to go through Grand Island because he had heard about a “must-see” museum there. The Stuhr Museum of the Pioneer covers 200 acres! Despite only having two days to get back to the Boise area, we decided to spend the time needed to see it right.
The main museum is quite impressive and they also had a special exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of The Lincoln Highway, which is basically I-80 today.
The guide books say allow four hours. We did it in about three and a half, but we skipped some parts and we drove to each area instead of walking. We spent a good deal of time in the farm machinery building. Dad says its one of the best exhibits he has seen of this type and it was fun to listen to his tales of either using some of the equipment or hearing about relatives/friends who had them or slightly different models!
The museum also features Railroad Town, which is a late 1800’s town that has been recreated by moving local historic buildings to the area.
In addition to four houses, train depot and train, they have relocated the old flour mill. It began as the Glade Mill, which became part of the Nebraska Consolidated Mills which is now known as ConAgra.
There is also a Main Street with shops. Like the houses, there are period-costumed guides who will share their crafts and knowledge.
Everything in the general store is for sale. Much to my surprise, that included the bolts of fabric that looked like props on the counter! I don’t thinks they get many requests, but at $4.00/yard I couldn’t resist! Even Dad recognized the bargain after being in quite a few quilt shops along the road! I got a yard each of two different Hand-stamped Muslins. 😉
(For those of you who haven’t been in a quilt store lately, fabric typically runs $10-13/yard) Plus there was no sales tax – guess they didn’t have that in the late 1800’s! 😉
Once again, a great museum and well worth the time!
Back on the road, we continued west through Kearney, Nebraska, where there is a new “over-the-freeway” monument/museum. Looked interesting, but no time to stop. Just know it’s so big, it shows up on google earth maps! I checked. 😉
The next stop was one for which my Hubby definitely wished he could have been along – alas, all he got was a coffee mug from Sidney, Nebraska and the world headquarters of Cabela’s (his favorite store!)
Here’s my favorite border crossing photo – the light was just right!
Because of timing, my only chance to stop at a quilt store in Wyoming was in Cheyenne. Making it before it closed was going to be a challenge but a quick phone assured me that they would wait for me. Despite passing through quite a storm, we pulled in with 10 minutes to spare!
This was a wonderful shop and they loved Daisy as well! My fabric of choice? One featuring cowboy boots, spurs, barbed wire! Also found a great piece that will tie with trip quilt together – a sepia washed fabric featuring most of the states we traveled through!
And with that goodie in the bag, we headed to Rawlins to spend the night!
Until next time,