Pictures from the Road

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Vacationing In Shenandoah

Friday was a "do nothing/do anything" day on this short vacation. I wonder if Shenandoah is close enough to Omaha to be considered a "staycation" spot, but since we traveled 11 hours to get there, it felt like it was a world away.

We started with breakfast and then rode into Shenandoah's historic downtown shopping district. We looked in a few shops before spending some time at the Shenandoah Historical Society museum. The museum was a mix of local arts and crafts, natural history and exhibits of artifacts and photographs of Shenandoah and surrounding communities. The take-away here is that around 1880 all of these towns sprang up, thanks to the railroads. Then agriculture and the seed business fueled the development. In the early part of the 20th century, radio and music played important roles, as folks like the Everly Brothers got their start here.


It's like I can't eat the oatmeal fast enough.

Peas in a pod.

Score. A direct hit.

Bike racks on almost every downtown corner.

The mammoth skull is named "Homer."

Neither Shenandoah nor Coin had streetcars. But years before Photoshop existed, postcard companies "Photoshopped" them into the street scenes.

V-Mail predates E-Mail.

Iowa banned artifically colored margarine.

An X-ray shoe fitting machine.

Yo, yo. Scratch your records here.

An 1897 bicycle race.

Check out the teeth spacing and the odd chain links.

The Essex graduating class of 1900.

Oohh... they are so dreamy.



Vacation: Now that's what I'm talking about.

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