Mud of Minor Miracles

Trip Start Jul 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 31, 2011

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Monday, July 12, 2010

About 50 miles east of Ashland is a town called Broadus located in the Powder River county. We stopped at their museum as it boasted the largest private collection of Indian arrowheads, tools and other native items. It also had a shell collection from around the world, fossils (dinosaur) both local and from elsewhere. The fellow was a collector since childhood until his passing at 97. He collected birds eggs, butterflies, stamps and more! The 83 yr old gentlemen that took us from building to building had lived 80 yrs of his life there and many items were from his family. After Hardin we thought a free museum would be hard to beat but this one was FANTASTIC. It even included a fashion room with old clothes right up to the late 60’s. I especially liked their “Little Black Dress” through the ages display. The fellow told us that someone from the Smithsonian toured there and said he had shells that even they didn’t have and wanted to buy them but they wouldn’t sell. We saw an item called the line-ograph (?) used in newspaper printing. Our guides wife was the one who did the typing on it and it went into hot lead and then was used to print. Very interesting. Continuing on our journey south east we passed several processing plants for Bentonite, which neither of us had heard of. We did discover it in a display at the FREE museum in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. It is called the Mud of Minor Miracles as it has a 1000 uses from face creams to fertilizer, laxatives, lubricating oil, cat litter and fruit juice. It is known for its absorption capabilities, swelling 15 fold when mixed with water…that is why it is used in disposable diapers too! Google it sometime. We crossed into the northeast corner of Wyoming and then into South Dakota but didn’t see the Welcome to SD sign so when we were in the library in Belle Fourche I emailed family that we were in Wyoming! Oh well we hardly know what day of the week it is, so not surprising we don’t know where we are at times either! A benefit of retirement and going where the wind takes us. Enjoyed the free museum at Belle Fourche and had our pictures taken on the geographical center of the nation monument. We have our picture on the Continental Divide in Montana and now the Center of the Nation, what next? Paid $12 for a beautiful campsite on the lake at Rocky Point State Park so we could enjoy a hot shower, although our solar shower has served us well.
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debi on

so nice to share your journey, beautiful pictures!!!! you both look so awesome and happy!!!!!! cheers!

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