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Aladdin, Wyoming-A Coal Mining History and Custer


4-27-17

Aladdin, Wyoming has only 15 residents currently,  up to 500 when coal mining was done here. It has a charming General Store.  This tiny town is also for sale for $1,500,000. We stopped by the store, it attracts people from all over.

We also paid a visit to the nearby Coal Tipple. a structure built to assist in the mining.  It was built in the late 1800’s. After parking in the lot, we walked up the path leading to the top.

Plaque near entrance.

The tipple is on your left. We could hear some people talking at the top and we went up to investigate.

Almost to the top. This is where the fan housing was,this is on our left.

It turns out we happened upon a meeting by the Crook County Historical Society.  We met local historian and author Pam Thompson, also Treasurer Rodney R. Knudson and a couple of engineers.

The were discussing whether the tipple should be restored or torn down.  It was becoming unstable and if anyone tried to climb it, it could cause injury.  The fence around it is easily scalable by someone who wanted to get in. They were happy to talk to us fellow history fans from two states away and I recorded a message they had to our readers.

Pam wrote two books on the area,

Around Aladdin

 Sundance   co-author Rocky Courchaine.

It was a pleasure meeting all of them and we hope the coal tipple can be saved. The view at the top was great!

Behind us was a coal car and Hoist House building.

Other signs there.

 

Not far from here is the spot where the Custer Expedition was. We went to see the marker.

The picture in the sign.

Our visit to Aladdin was short but very educational.  Well worth the stop if you are in the area.

 

Wounded Knee, SD-A place of Sadness and Tragedy for the Sioux Indians


4-24-17   6:24 PM

Marina Raye-“Gift of Peace” 2015

After 15 hours on the road, we arrived.  At the top of a hill is the site of the massacre.

At the bottom by the road is a red sign describing it.

We drove up to the top of the hill on a rough dirt road and parked at the top.  The entryway is a brick arch.

A couple of Sioux ladies in a pickup truck drove up too a few minutes later. They greeted us and offered up jewelry and other handmade crafts for sale. Knowing that white people were the ones that caused them such pain, I felt it would be rude to not purchase something from them. I purchased a beautiful turquoise cross necklace for $20.

After they departed we looked around.  This site clearly in need of cleaning up and maintenance, but they have little money to do so.  In the center is a fenced-in area.  One monument inside this enclosure stands taller than the others.

As you can see, Chief Big Foot is listed at the top of this monument.  We found a marker for him about 5 miles from here, another resident of the area told us where.

We walked further into the cemetery,  this is the chapel.

Coming back around toward the entrance, it is time to depart.  We wished the many souls here peace.

We visited the Chief Big Foot site on our way out of the area.

We leave Wounded Knee. They will be in our prayers.

 

Nevin Fish Hatchery in Fitchburg – Since 1876


3-27-17

I think I might have visited here once MANY years ago, I don’t know for sure when.  In fact, I had forgotten you could visit here. It was time to come back and see things in early spring.  If you bike here, there is a cute fish-shaped bike rack.

The Nevin Fish Hatchery is the oldest DNR managed land in Wisconsin, acquired in 1876. The Capitol City State Trail passes through part of the property also. We pass through the gate here to enter the grounds.

Take a look at my visit here, you can see the fish swimming too.

Here is a map of the grounds, there are many signs placed throughout explaining the different areas of the fish hatchery. Let’s go for a walk! Spring is awakening here. The water never freezes though, they keep it warm over the winter. They have a sign describing winter activities here.

View of the area.

And the raceway below, in the morning the staff clean the water and feed the fish.

Walking a little further, we come to a peaceful pond, reflecting the trees.

We also find a marker on a large rock across from a bench by the creek, dedicated to Tom Palmer. A great place to sit and relax.

This is the Spiral Building, only staff can enter it.

As I walk back to the entry, I read the many signs talking about the history of this fish hatchery.

I had a great visit here, I plan on returning. I learned a lot about the crucial service this and all fish hatcheries provide.