Hello everyone on this beautiful sunny day here at Steve’s Country! Oh my, we had a couple of big thunderstorms overnight which made things a bit wet. Poor Muffin. She does not like thunderstorms, as you know. I got up around 1:30am and couldn’t see Muffin anywhere. It was raining at the time, but that doesn’t bother Muffin. Found her hiding under the bed. Quite curious. No thunder around. About 5 minutes later I heard the thunder in the distance. She knew.
Anyway, I figured it would be better to have our coffee a bit later today to give things a chance to dry out nicely. Fortunately with the sun shining like this it didn’t take long for everything to dry. I thought we would be a little different today with our coffee time. Instead of visiting a regular park, let’s check out a different sort of park. And this would be our railroad museum. The Canadian Pacific Railway has played a big role in our town’s history and development ever since it came through this area in the 1880s. So this small museum is dedicated to that.
They do have some beautiful flowers here which help to make the place very inviting. Plus, between the flowers are some very nice benches for us to sit on while we have our coffee. There are a few white puffy clouds floating overhead. And if you look over there the moon is still shining brightly against the brilliant blue sky.
Unfortunately the indoor museum is only open later in the day so we can’t see that part. But I hope to show you some of that at a later time. But we can still see the outdoor items such as the yard locomotive. These were much smaller than the regular locomotives that are normally used for pulling long trains. These ones were just used in the yard for moving railroad cars around, taking them off trains or adding to the trains.
And of course, the caboose which they stopped using years ago. There is the little hand car, usually two men would operate that, pumping the handle to make it move. They would regularly patrol the rail lines to make sure everything was okay.
There is the luggage cart used at the train depot for loading and unloading luggage from trains back when trains were a normal means for traveling. Even the bus stop is made to look like our train station. I will show a picture of our train station when I do a tour of our town.
Whole train loads of logs were shipped out of this area beginning in the late 1800s once the railroad was ready. That really made our logging industry thrive at the time. As well there was much gold shipped out of this area by train. There were many gold mines in this area during the late 1800s and early 1900s, but they didn’t last as most of the gold was only shallow. There was a couple mines that kept going for a longer period of time. Plus there were major flour mills here that also used the trains for shipping their product to other parts of the country.
It really is a nice little spot right here to sit and drink our coffee and have a time to visit for a while. I always enjoy our coffee breaks. I hope you enjoyed this today, I know it was a little different so maybe not everyone’s favorite. We will be at another different location next time. I hope you enjoyed today anyway, have a great day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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