08.17.15 – Frontier Museum and Yesterday’s Playthings – Deer Lodge, Montana

Monday, August 17, 2015 – This morning as you are reading this we are on the road to Spokane Washington.  The park we were planning to stay in was Lewis and Clark RV Park in Kamiah, Idaho.  We received word that they were evacuated due to a huge forest fire in the area.  Many buildings have been destroyed and one person died.

So our plans changed.  We will be traveling across Idaho to get to Washington where we’ll do our Walmart shopping and spend the night.  Then on to Oregon!

The last two museums we toured in this amazing small town were “Frontier Museum” and “Yesterday’s Playthings”. First was the Frontier Museum.  We entered to the strains of Happy Trails to you! 20150814_132213 (Medium)

“God created man, but the Colt made him equal” is the title on one exhibit case in Frontier Montana Museum. This is the largest collection of handguns, spurs, chaps and all the cowboy collectibles between Cody and Calgary.  The items on display are the real items used during the period of 1829 to 1900, not the props seen in the western movies.

There are over 300 handguns and rifles on display. In addition, the museum displays hats, a large spur collection, many varieties of chaps used on the frontier, horse bits, saddles, – those items a cowboy took pride in owning, and in many cases, the only items he owned.

I don’t know if she loves or has horses, but I thought of our friend Elizabeth Halpin-Smith and how she would love seeing all this.  Could be my crazy brain but if you do Elizabeth you should plan to come visit Montana!

The items on display represent Don Cappa’s lifetime collection. What an amazing thing for Mr. Cappa to share his collection with all of us to enjoy!  Come along as we travel back in time to the days of the Wild West!  This place was very well organized and displayed.  I just wish the glass didn’t reflect so much light which messes with my photographs.

20150814_133351 (Medium)This is Don Cappa in the photograph above, the owner of all this amazing stuff!

20150814_134437 (Medium)Costumes used in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show 20150814_133422 (Medium) 20150814_133318 (Medium) 20150814_133310 (Medium) 20150814_133231 (Medium) 20150814_133216 (Medium) 20150814_133205 (Medium) 20150814_133153 (Medium) The next few pictures are of Old Time Law Enforsement items 20150814_133126 (Medium) 20150814_133111 (Medium) 20150814_133101 (Medium) 20150814_133042 (Medium) 20150814_133029 (Medium)These are some gambling items from way back.  A second picture showed more but didn’t come out well!20150814_132927 (Medium)Deringers and pocket guns20150814_132845 (Medium) 20150814_132838 (Medium) 20150814_132823 (Medium) 20150814_132749 (Medium) 20150814_132702 (Medium)20150814_132603 (Medium) 20150814_132642 (Medium) These were considered Oddities, not your usual weapon!20150814_132527 (Medium)Suicide Specials were made very cheaply and sold for $1.50 to $2.00.  People who used them would say that they never knew when they were going to blow up, nearly causing the user to commit suicide.  The next two pictures are suicide specials! 20150814_132459 (Medium) 20150814_132447 (Medium) 20150814_132329 (Medium) 20150814_132321 (Medium)20150814_132629 (Medium)7347Next, we went to a neighboring museum, Yesterday’s Playthings.  I must say Roy walked in, took a look at the overwhelming amount of dolls and said he’d wait for me outside!!!

Montana’s foremost doll and toy museum features playthings dating back to 1835.  The collection of doll carriages, prams, and a bed are in pristine condition. Furniture, dishes and accessories round out the displays.

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Music in the Parlor

20111831136329The Princess Diana exhibit was really neat.  Lots of Barbie like Princess Diana dolls dressed up just like she did.  I especially love the tiny wedding gown!20150814_132009 (Medium) 20150814_132004 (Medium) 20150814_13202620150814_131927 (Medium) 20150814_131848 (Medium) 20150814_131826 (Medium) 20150814_131756 (Medium) 20150814_131714 (Medium) 20150814_131658 (Medium) 20150814_131626 (Medium)  20150814_131522 (Medium) 20150814_131140 (Medium)20150814_131209 (Medium) Yesterdays-Playthings-Museum-Deer-Lodge-MT-05222014_03620150814_131251 (Medium)I was afraid that so many museums would put Roy into Museum Overload but he survived, mostly by staying outside on the last one!

We have no plans yet for our two weeks in Idaho so we’re open to suggestions.  We’ll be in northern Idaho.

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

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