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Thursday, October 6, 2011

149b. Dickinson County Historical Museum (Chisholm Trail Days)

Inside the Heritage Center of Dickinson County there are two museums.  We visited them both on October 1.  While you are there, be sure to  check out the outside buildings and C.W. Parker Carousel.  You can read all about them in our previous post.

Part of the museum tells about the history of the area.  We thought the railroad information was  neat since we got to ride the train. There were also some very cool firearms displays (if you like guns) celebrating the different forts, cowtowns, etc. of Kansas.  It was fun to see which ones we have visited on our adventures. 


 The Heritage Center also houses the Museum of Independent Telephony.  This was the first time any of us had seen a museum dedicated to the telephone.  It tells the story of the Abilene entrepreneur who started Sprint.  Just goes to show Kansans know how to dream big and make things happen.  It was very interesting to see the changes the phone industry has gone through.  The kiddos had a great time using the switchboard and phone booth.  They did have to learn how to use a rotary dial instead of a push button phone.  We did not get pictures of all the telephones.  So, if you go, be on the look out for Kermit, Snoopy, Mickey Mouse, and Spiderman.


Our son's balloon sword was a hassle

The kiddos loved the telephone pole and worker in the middle of the museum

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