Monday, July 6, 2015

The Only One in the USA--Veterinary Museum

Binder Park
Jefferson City, Missouri
Site #1

Our exploring began today at the Veterinary Museum.  We didn't know what to expect but it was nearby, free and intriguing.  This is reported to be the only one of its kind in the United States.
It was much better than what we anticipated.  The receptionist turned on a short video for us to watch and left us alone to explore the museum.  

I wish Dennis Ward had been with us, as he could have explained everything to us.  
This bit is how they gave medication to a horse.
How do you like this stomach pump?
This c. 1870s-1880s steamer trunk of Dr. LeGear was used to care for horses.  He built a manufacturing plant in 1895 to produce his stock medicines.  

There were over 3,500 artifacts.

 I had forgotten about the K-9 dogs for the World War's training in Fort Robinson near Crawford.  We visited there, but now it puts the pieces all together.
There were letters from children who donated their pets for the war effort.  Would you have donated yours? 

The museum also showed the importance the veterinarians played in the space program.

 As we were leaving the lady asked if we had any questions.  I said one, and she just smiled and said, "it's a whales filter for his mouth." 

That's a strange looking filter.  

Our next stop for the day was the state capitol.  We were about a half hour early for the tour so we toured the state museum on the main floor. 

This is a reproduction of the USS Missouri.

This model is 1/48 scale with an overall length of 18 and half feet and weighs 550 pounds.  

There was a history section and a commerce section of the musuem. 
I'm not into music but I thought this 1904 zither was beautiful and it took two years to craft. 
Our capitol tour began with the state seal.  
 I just couldn't capture the beauty of this stained glass in a photo.

The Governor's Mansion and Jefferson Landing are not open on Monday's.  We haven't decided if we are going to stay another day.  The weather report is calling for rain so I  guess we'll just wait and see.

Turtle Safely........

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