Day 3: Worthington, MN
Trip Start Jul 21, 2010
22Trip End Jul 29, 2010
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Nobles County Pioneer Village
We got on the road and shortly entered Minnesota at 10:35am. As we were driving merrily along, listening to Book 2 of "Eat Love Pray," we kept seeing signs for a place called "Blue Earth." Mom was very curious but we decided to resist...until we saw the sign that said "Blue Earth: 60 ft
After a few pictures and quick stretch, we were back on the road, continuing toward Worthington. The Nobles County Pioneer Village in Worthington was much closer to "on theme;" although not directly associated with Laura Ingalls Wilder in any way, it did have lots of examples of buildings and other other artifacts from the late 1800s and early 1900s. We saw a barber shop, lawyer's office, saloon, general store, church, and farm house. We also saw a dentist/doctor's office, that was a little creepy (let's just say there were lots of teeth and medical instruments lying around), and a school house with some fascinating posters (including a teachers' contract that forbade teachers from using "socializing at the ice cream shop" or using face powder or mascara).
The exhibits were all very simple but nice, containing authentic artifacts from the pioneer period and brief descriptions, including some testimonies from some of the people who had donated the pieces. This was a totally hidden place (we actually had to drive by the sign twice before we found it), but completely worth it.
More pictures from Day 3 at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=192667&id=837899636&l=a514b00024