Saturday, June 5, 2010

History field trip April 30,2010

We went on a field trip to the Fort Smith History Museum with some friends of ours that we hadn't seen for a while, the Petersons. We saw a lot of interesting things, the kids liked dressing up as soldiers and cowboys.
Don't mess with the Sheriff!
They had a little soda shop where we had some ice cream, and this phone booth. The younger kids all climbed in there, I don't know if you can tell by the photo but there are 5 or 6 kiddos in there. In the same room there was on display old apothecary & drug store stuff, we found an old container that said Dried Dragon's Blood. It sounds like something for a witches brew. I wonder where they found a dragon to get blood from?
We then went to the fort and jail area, because this fort was on the border of the wild west there was a lot of lawlessness in the area. There was a Judge known as the hanging Judge, because as you can guess there were a lot of hangings performed under his direction. But he served for about 20 years and he helped clean up the place and make it safer to live there.

This is a replica of the court room, with Judge Isabelle at the bench.
All the kiddos on the old paddy wagon.


Verena said...

oh! so jealous. That sounds like it was a blast.

Familie May said...

What a lively history lesson! I'm sure the kiddos loved it and had a lot of fun.