Saturday, June 1, 2013

Renaissance Village

The day started out with a visit to the visitor center in Ely. It was a real pleasure to find an employee that knew the area.  We found out that there was a Renaissance Village within walking distance of us. Bill and I climbed up the hill to the   historic village to find life the way it was in early day 1900 in Ely.  

The tour started at the General Store and we meet John Steinauer who is an artist whose work is displayed there.  John took us to the hardrock miner house.  He told us these houses where once owned by the railroad and were moved to the Geraghty property.  The floorplans of the houses were alike except for various ethnic themes.  He said most of the furnishings were found in a barn that was located on the property.  

I had to take a picture of this refrigerator emblem for Jim Dixon who is a die hard GM fan.  Actually, he spent 50 years with General Motors.  

A surprise to us was the fact that the Village is only open one day of the week.  It's a shame that there were no signs along the highway or in town and more people would know it was there.  

The train runs right by the village and has a stop there.

                                                This was the hardrock miner

A short walk down the street we found the remains of city hall across from the Jailhouse Cafe.  

The Ward Charcoal Oven State Park was our original destination but when we found out it was 10 miles out a gravel road. We decided we weren't that interested.  

Bill drove 2 miles down the road to the little town of Ruth. According to our atlas it is home to one of the largest copper mines in the world.  Copper was first discovered in 1872.  The Robinson Nevada Mining Company has produced over 2 billion pounds of copper and produces about 1,000 tons of copper every day. 

 We made a stop at the True Value Variety Store to find a real variety store.  I looked at the fabrics but didn't find anything I liked.  

When we returned to the rig I spent a few hours trying to figure out how to get the satellite to work on the bedroom TV without any success.  

Did I mention that when we got up this morning that it was 35 degrees?  

Bill wants to see an engraver in Hamilton, Montana.  Does anyone know which route is better for pulling a fifth wheel, highway 93 through Gooding to Arco, Idaho or to take I 84 to Blackfoot, Idaho and up highway 26 to highway 93 or to take I 84 to highway 33 to highway 26.

Turtle Safely........

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