Wickliffe Mounds, Kentucky

June 23, 2017: Wickliffe Mounds, Kentucky – Day 3

IMGP6908 2Our last side-trip on our way to Nashville was a prehistoric site in Kentucky, the Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site. Chad did most of the work looking for sightseeing stops for us on our trip and he did a great job coming up with good variety.

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This long building in the preceding and following photos housed the artifacts that were found on the site. The mounds may not look like much; inside this building were the real finds. No pictures were allowed, so I’ll have to tell you what we saw. The ground had been excavated to reveal foundations of living quarters. Many of these contained infant burial sites – whenever an infant died they would be buried under the dwelling floor. The artifacts found here include some really beautiful pottery pieces – not just containers but sculptures made of animal effigies.

Having spent a lot of time in one of the world’s best museums, the Louvre in Paris, France, I can be a little jaded about museums. This one really surprised me – they have a fine collection that is worth going out of your way to visit. We could have spent all day looking at the artifacts.

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Next: Day 4 – Family reunion

Pony Express Station In Gothenburg Nebraska

June 22, 2017 – Gothenburg, Nebraska – Day 2

IMGP2859Our next destination was the Pony Express Station in the town of Gothenburg, Nebraska. It was nestled into a cute little neighborhood with historic craftsman houses. I enjoyed seeing different types of residential neighborhoods throughout our trip, and this was one of the cutest ones.

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We eventually found the Pony Express Station. It felt good to stretch our legs while we took a quick look around. Chad bought some souvenirs and I eavesdropped on fellow tourists. A middle aged couple were there with their son who was starting college soon. It made me remember when my parents drove me to NY for my first semester in college and we took a road trip of our own from NC to NY.

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One of the interesting things I learned about the Pony Express was that it was only operational for 18 months. Then the telegraph became more widespread making the pony express  obsolete. It seems strange that it became legendary in such a short time.

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What I haven’t yet told you is that we had a pretty tight driving schedule on our way out, trying to make it from Salt Lake to Nashville in just three days. On this particular day we woke up in Wyoming and would be finishing the day in Missouri. Chad was ready with ideas of places to stop and I tried to keep us on schedule. It turned out that there was a Sod House museum in the same town so we decided to have a quick look. It was closed but we had fun goofing around at the American Gothic face hole board.

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Next: Day 2 – Driving through Nebraska