08.19.15 Cottonwood City in Deer Lodge, Montana

11846591_889165267831831_2583002519265157605_nSunday afternoon I drove into town (Deer Lodge, Montana) to check out some things we didn’t see last week. Roy chose to stay home and nap! Being a small town most everything was closed on Sunday afternoon. However, the Cottonwood City was open! It’s a neat little replica of Deer Lodge in the old days. All of the buildings are furnished with items they used back then. A school house, post office, jail, chapel, gold miners house, regular western house were among the buildings I got to see.

Here are some pictures of this little town!

20150816_151425DSCN2839_zpsbebfc30d20150816_150649The School House

20150816_151958 20150816_150804 20150816_150829The school teacher lived in a room off to the side of the school house.20150816_150909 20150816_150953The all important Jail and an open coffin in front!20150816_151216Inside the Jail cell was awfully corroded but the Sheriff’s area was much nicer20150816_151251 20150816_151303The church20150816_151337 20150816_151350The Post Office

20150816_15182620150816_151442The old house complete with a man in the tub!

20150816_151837 20150816_151501 20150816_151630 20150816_151636 20150816_151654 The gold miners house20150816_151926 20150816_151936

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08.17.15 Yay for Western States CAT!!!!!

UPDATE ON OUR TRAVELS:  Monday morning, August 17, 2015.

We pulled out of western states catour RV spot at Indian Creek Campground in Deer Lodge, Montana thinking we were headed for Spokane, Washington.

HOWEVER – Roy saw that Dora’s batteries weren’t charging and knew we must take action.  He got on the phone with a Caterpillar (our engine) shop, Western States CAT in Missoula, MT about 90 miles away.  They said to bring her in so we headed that way.  Not knowing if the batteries would give out we prayed the whole way there! God does answer prayers!

When we arrived they took us into a work bay immediately.  They determined it was the alternator that is not working at all, causing the batteries to drain.  They called around, found a new one and received it within the hour.  Thankful again that we have an extended warranty, what could have cost us several hundred only cost us $100 (our deductible).  This place is fantastic, all their employees have been more than helpful while we sat comfortably in our RV playing on the computer or watching television!!!

Scott and Cody who kept us in the loop the whole time and sent us off with a smile!  Here’s Cody!

20150817_173613 We were able to leave the same day we pulled in, go to Walmart to do some much needed grocery shopping and spend the night there.  This turned out to be just a hiccup in the big scheme of things!  It puts us behind schedule by a little bit but not enough to affect too much!

Can’t tell you how much we appreciate how quickly they took us in and serviced Dora.  Thanks Western States CAT for being a great company!

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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_133422 (Medium) 20150814_133318 (Medium) 20150814_133231 (Medium)    Old Time Law Enforsement items    20150814_133042 (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)      These were considered Oddities, not your usual weapon!20150814_132527 (Medium) 20150814_132329 (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.

The 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_132026     20150814_131658 (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.

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