Well, we knocked out another one of our Bucket List items. On the drive to Manitou, you can see the Ghost Town Museum. We had it on our list without really knowing what it was. It just sounded cool. And kids 6 and under are free so they got my vote! We saddled up the kids over the weekend and headed down to see a recreated ghost town.
The majority of the museum are items from the era. One of the beds was a former presidents! I love seeing authentic historical items, it’s always fun to see how things have changed and yet, things are still the same in other ways. Like, we’re still using the same dishes, they just look a little different.
One thing about museums here is the white-washing of history. I mean, when people say the West was Won, they mean it was WON. Like we fought and killed people. It was pretty bad but this museum was like “a lot of fighting happened and that was bad.” I think this museum is more “tourist trap” than “informative place” so maybe that’s why. It’s still a shame.
The saloon had these funny little penny machines that you could go look at nude ladies or get your fortune told. It was pretty funny to see how people entertained themselves. After the ghost town, there’s another building with a home recreation (this is where the president’s bed is). You can see how a house was set up back in the day. It was full of normal things, toys, tables, silverware. The kids got a kick out of it.
Finally, you go outside to pan for gold. They add gold flakes every day so you can actually find some. Hubs did a good job of finding it. Blueberry thought we would find huge chunks and was not impressed with the small flecks. Sorry girlie.
Overall it was a fun afternoon and I think the kids enjoyed themselves. Even with the white-washing of history, they still learned something. And that’s what matters right?