Monday, April 21, 2014

More Marker Monday!

Have you ever been to Belvidere? Probably not for most of you.  I never had been there until Cindie and I made a marker stop at the Thayer County Museum.
The marker was in front of the museum which is housed in this awesome old school building.  A sad remembrance of days gone by, but a wonderful use of such a neat building.
We trucked up the front stairs to see if it was open.  :(
Then we just decided to look around at the things outside.
Someone can come after us, but it was worth it.  The side door was open.
The ground level hallway when around the gymnasium.  How cool is this place!?
They have such awesome displays and so many items.  Here is an icebox.
I seriously LOVE this kitchen cupboard set!
They weren't quite set up for the season so all of the mannequins had plastic over them.
Aww, an Anne book was on the school desk in the room set up as a classroom.
I love the old curtain with the advertisers on it.  I attended a country school that also had one of these curtains for our stage!
Hehe, they have a bear too!  See him?
Leaving everything as we found it, we headed outside to check out the farm equipment, jail cell, etc...
We loved Belvidere!
Continuing on our way we found yet another extra Oregon Trail marker.
The Thayer County courthouse is pretty neat looking too!  It used to have a middle tower, but a tornado hit Hebron in the 50's and it had to be removed.  We saw pictures from the tornado on a poster in the museum.
Deshler, NE used to be in a different location and called Friedensau...who knew?
Our day was filled with markers and cemeteries.  We made another stop at this roadside Lutheran cemetery.
I love the beautiful script writing on this one!
The last of our markers was for the Skirmish at Spring Creek.
We had such a lovely time, but it was then time to head back to Superior and our separate drives home.  Thank you, Cindie!
Alissa

Friday, April 18, 2014

Finish It Up Friday...Green Eggs And Ham

This finish is actually from the beginning of March, but I couldn't reveal it yet.  A dear friend is expecting her first baby and they are going with a Dr. Seuss theme.  I made them this lap size/baby quilt :)
 I was able to give it to her in person last weekend so I'm free to share with all of you.  I had a lot of fun with the back.  I was able to use all but a few squares of the Dr. Seuss fabric so I won't have it wandering about forever.
 More recently I finished two more of my 2014 Sugar Blocks.  Not sure if I shared this one already.
 I am trying to use a lot of the more outdated florals that I have and wouldn't normally use.  I have to say they are looking better than I would have thought.
Alissa

Part Two

And so our journey continues...
I've seen several markers for the different Army air fields that are no more.  This one needs some TLC.
 This extra marker was right next to it.  Who knew!
 Ohiowa was a fun stop!  This cool auditorium is still being used.
 We used the toilet at the bar across the street.  It was a strange little bathroom, or closet :S
 It was so fun to spend time with my friend that I nearly would forget to stop sometimes.  Our time was so refreshing!
 We went to Milligan, the grand location for a Pepsi commercial.  I didn't see any remnants of the festivities.
 I've actually already been there for a marker...but now there are 3 new ones!  Sadly, they were all for plane crashes.
 Shilo and I found this one in the dark one night, but Cindie and I decided to get it again just for fun and...to visit the cemetery :)
 This quaint little Czech and Irish, Catholic chapel was so sweet.
 We looked about at the fun names and old headstones.  Not sure why so many of them had an entire flat top above ground.
 It was a beautiful day for a drive!
Alissa

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I Love Historical Marker Adventures!!!

Well, it started on a cold, snowy morning in March.  It was time for another historical marker adventure!
 Along the way I was able to see the Sandhills Cranes.  They are quite the deal, so many birds.
 The day really stayed along the Oregon Trail and Pony Express Route as we kept running into markers for both.
 I used the route formed to try and re-find a few markers that were missing on previous trips.  Here is one that Shilo and I were sad to find broken and dilapidated.
Yay, IT'S FIXED!!!
 I then drove around Red Cloud to find a few more.  Isn't their county museum gorgeous!!?
 Sad stairs.
 This cute little church was missing it's marker also.
Hurray it is back!
 After making up for lost markers, I headed to Superior to meet up with the lovely Miss Cindie!!
 So glad to get me some "Cindie Time."
 More Oregon Trail, yo!
 Welcome to Oak.  It is a sad little community with lots of signs of what used to be.
 They still have saloon girls though ;)  Look in the upstairs windows.
 The original townsite of Oah was near this home...and their dog.  So glad he wasn't too ferocious as I ran back and forth from the camera trying to get a decent shot!
 There was a random headstone across from the house too.
 Then we followed this sweet gravel road.

 This is what we found.  There was an Indian raid and some people were killed and some held captive.  This is supposed to be where they fled for shelter.  I think we enjoyed finding this more than the drunk people who signed the book last ;)
 Oak was full of treasures.  Next we followed a road up on top of the hill and found a cemetery.
 Oh, the bad spelling.
 Some Comstock folks were from around here.  Wonder if their is any connection to Comstock, NE.
 Sweet Pearl.
More to come :)

Alissa