Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Arriving at Four Mile...

Cute stuff out front, including an admonishmint from Poker Alice...

Now that's funny! :)

These two should be under arrest!!! Unruly varmints :)

The 'talking outhouse'...

Love this pic! The streets were made intentionally wide so they could...

Beautiful skies behind the Town Hall & Saloon...

View to our right inside the saloon...

Moving along the boardwalk on the right as we listen to the...

Next up, Surveyor's & Immigration Office...

Looks a bit different than it does today, doesn't it John?

Nap time honey???

Joyce, checking out the many sizes & trunk styles of the day...

Drawers on the right, hanging area on the left...Nice :)

Looking back toward the entrance...I really just wanted to share the pretty...

Immigration...I think we're dealing with a bit of this right now...

Orphan train info...

Cool old photos...Note the goat, lol :)

$1.25 per acre...Wouldn't that be nice?

Fur trading...Big business back then

Check out these coats...

Blankets, jackets etc....

One of my favorites!

Looking across the 'street'...See the bird :)

Boardwalk through town...Having fun :)

I'll leave you with this for today!!! :) See you tomorrow...


Today's post takes a step back in time with a visit to Four Mile Old West Town named because of the distance from Custer on the original Sidney Black Hills Stage Road. The Sidney Black Hills Stage Road or Route was a trail connecting Sidney, Nebraska, Sidney Barracks, and the Union Pacific Railroad with Fort Robinson, Red Cloud Agency, Spotted Tail Agency, Custer City, Dakota Territory, and Deadwood, Dakota Territory between 1876 and 1887.

The museum offers 50 authentically furnished buildings that date back to the gold rush days of the Black Hills. Staged to give visiting families an understanding of how early settlers once lived, a self-guided cassette tour took us on a walk along the Boardwalks, stone walkways, grass paths and even a walk next to original wagon ruts. We visited the Town Hall, Saloon, General Store, Church, Bank, a Talking Outhouse, The Sheriff's Office and a Dakota Territory Jail among others. Many of the buildings are original historical structures. We enjoyed seeing many real items they could have used in daily life including a recreation of a fort & possible actual living arrangement of soldiers & their staff. One note, the cassetee tour seems to jump around a bit & isn't always describing the building we were in front of. I think next time we will sit down & listen to the entire thing before beginning our tour. There's so much interesting 'stuff' to learn I wouldn't mind hearing it more than once as we moved along from one interesting building to the next.

The entrance fee is $5.00 for adults, children 6 & under free. Well worth the price as far as we are concerned. Many years of hard work & love have gone into this Four Mile Old West town by it's caretakers, all family I believe. If you get a chance to meet & talk to Mary you'll leave with an amazing amount of knowledge & understanding of the hardships & joys of living during this time period. What an interesting lady! One final note...This is not Disneyland! So don't expect a #1, must see tourist destination. But do go for a couple of hours if you get in the area. I think you'll be glad you did :) And, if it's a beautiful, overcast pretty day with occasional puffy white clouds & 78 degree temperatures you'll have a good time :)

PS Took way too many photos for one post so stay tuned for Part Two tomorrow. Thanks :)



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