Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

A Museum or a Building Full of Junk

Hanging out near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, we stumbled upon the Wyman Museum.  The unique museum that guarantees visitors “there will be something you’ve never seen before!”  The long history of collecting items for the museum began in 1949 when Lou Wyman noticed an abandoned 1932 Lincoln while filling up water barrels for his sheep herders. Paying $15 for the car was the start of the collecting spree.  Over the years, the family has acquired a unique collection of items that span one hundred years and illustrate America’s past, ingenuity and advancement.

A look down into the museum from the "trophy loft"
Betsy opted not to join me on this adventure claiming that it just looked like a building with a bunch of junk someone has collected.  O.k., she was right.  But it was very well organized and eclectic junk that I found fascinating.  She said it's because I'm not old enough to have seen it before!

So getting back to the museums claim that they “guarantee there will be something you’ve never seen before.”  There was!  Even after traveling for a year and a half and going into museums large and small, I had still never seen a chain saw collection.  And not just an old Stihl chainsaw that came out of grandpa’s garage, I’m talking about some of the first chain saws ever to churn wood.  They range from one to five feet and 12 to 200 pounds and are artistically displayed. 

The museum is free and the family is working hard to preserve the past with new items (like the M47 tank) and programs for the public.  Once a week during the summer a local blacksmith comes by to demonstrate his craft for the public. The museum hopes to house work horses so they can demonstrate hay cutting and bailing and they are in the process of opening a part of their property along the Yampa River to the public for fishing and picnic access.

I had fun poking around the museum and enjoyed the eclectic collection.  What you may think is just a bunch of junk may turn out to be a history lesson revealing our past. 

This fully restored hearse served the communities of Idaho Springs and Georgetown, Colorado but I don't think the pine basket was ever used.
Collection of milk bottles from local dairy's.
Wyman is proud of the M47 tank produced in the early 1950's and the second tank named after General George Patton. 
What doesn't fit inside has a place in the yard.
There is a  collection of WWII items and video that kept my attention.

Love the old ice box and stove but I will keep my appliances.

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