We never know ahead of time how these spur-of-the-moment get-togethers will work out, but we had a great time. Lots of conversation and lots of laughs as we all talked about our full-time lives on the road. The internet and our blogs will help us stay in touch and hopefully meet up again down the road.
Today it was really windy so we decided to take in some of the local history here in Cottonwood, AZ. We went to the Clemenceau Museum in town. On the grounds of the musuem is the town's first bank.
I found it interesting that the bank advertised their"surplus" which, no doubt, was in cash. Nothing like advertising what was in the safe. Note the late hours on Pay Day.
What made this museum so interesting were the local residents who volunteer at the museum.
to work on projects. This model railroad captures vignettes of Cottonwodd and surrounding towns. Everything is hand-made and often assembled under magnifying glasses. Al Barr, Chuck, Lanphere and Bruce Deland were busy kidding each other when we stopped to talk with them.
In this scene an actual segment of downtown Cottonwood is depicted. The building were painstakingly made from the sides of cereal boxes.
What is a western town without a saloon?
Then when we left the musuem this piece of tumbling tumbleweed served as a visual reminder that we are indeed in the Old West.
Our personal guide at the museum told us about an old abandoned gold mine in the nearby town of Jerome up in the mountains.
After lunch we drove up the winding and twisting steep mountain highway filled with switchbacks to a charming old town of 5,000 people who enjoy the many tourists that visit everyday.
Just outside of town we found the Gold King Mine. The miners who started the mine in the early 1900s planned to pull copper out of the mountainside. And while they did just that, they also ran into GOLD. What rotten luck.
Because the mine is closed and dangerous, visitors are not allowed inside, but here is a look into the tunnel from which small ore cars brought out copper and gold.
And here is a mine car filled with copper ore.
The grounds around the gold mine are filled with tons and tons of old stuff, from vintage cars to worn out tools and mining equipment. There is even a working saw mill on the grounds.