Day 29

Trip Start Apr 23, 2007
Trip End Jun 11, 2007

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Day 29

Our first visits today were to see tree sculptures by Bradford Rhea. They are located throughout the city of Sterling. The giant trees were killed in a very deep and prolonged freeze in 1982. Bradford Rhea turned the dead tree trunks into magnificent works of art. The works all used to be outside for passing public to enjoy. However wind, rain, snow and freezing temperatures started to take their toll on the wood. The originals have all been moved to points inside buildings throughout the city. As money permits some of them have been duplicated in bronze so they can remain on display outside.

We then went to the Overland Trail Museum also in Sterling, CO. What a gem! It houses a wonderful display of early eastern Colorado life and times. There is a rich history here in the middle of what looks like totally nowhere. The museum included a blacksmith shop, church, schoolhouse, general store, gas station, barber shop, barn and an old house. All were fascinating and brought back some very old memories.

We had great expectation of Fort Morgan, Co. The brochure lead us to believe there was a museum, old soda shop and a saloon with toilet seats on the wall framing pictures. Well one out of 3 is not a complete strike out but close. The museum was wimpy after the Overland in Sterling. The soda shop was only on display in the back corner of the museum. So there were no root beer floats! We did find the Queens Lounge with the toilet seats and had a beer. Ft. Morgan is also the birthplace of Glen Miller.

More adventures tomorrow.

Love to all

Jan, Dirinda, Shawn
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