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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

133. Old Cowtown Museum

Old Cowtown Museum was our first adventure on August 19.  If you want to step back in time, this is the place for you.  Once you enter Cowtown, you walk down a path with placards telling about the history of Wichita.   We happen to have learned a lot of Kansas history this year, but learned even more on this adventure.  I (Angel) did not know that Wyatt Earp was in Wichita.  I always thought of him as a Dodge City cowboy.  We wonder why if White Castle was founded in Wichita, there are no White Castle restaurants close?  Sure would be nice to be able to support one.

The kiddos got a lot of lasso practice this year.

Cowtown is a fun place to explore and holds just about everything an old west town would have had--including homes, school, barn, farm, blacksmith, general store, funeral parlor, saloon, hotel, etc.  We had a good time seeing what all the town had to offer.  Too bad when you got close to the edge of the property, you could hear the interstate.  It kind of ruins the image they try so hard to project--even having people dressed in character.

We got to attend a talk about embroidery.  Angel appreciated the air conditioning inside the building.  I think our daughter decided she would like to try some needlework.

The Farm

The Funeral Parlor

We're not quite sure how we managed to witness two gun fights in a week.  It must have something to do with being in front of a saloon at high noon.  :)  This was one was more like a play and had more of a story line.  Angel and the kiddos liked this gun fight best. 
We even got to visit the horses before they started giving rides for the day.
The kiddos say their favorite part of the day was playing at the schoolhouse.  Our daughter was great on the stilts and our son loved the swing.
The kiddos working on their leather craft

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