Friday, June 9, 2017
Ft Sumner, New Mexico
The storm hit just as I arrived in Ft Sumner
Ft Sumner is in our history books for a couple of reasons...It was a fort build around the Bosque Redondo Interment camp. This is the area they marched the Apache and the Navajo...10,000 of them from 1863-1868 They were held in terrible conditions and although I wanted to visit, I got into town in the middle of this storm and late in the day...So I chose to do something inside instead of going to the see the tragic story of how Natives were treated worse than anything that is going on today, and get depressed and feel like crap so I just didn't go!
I stopped at the Billy the Kid museum and burial place. I just happened to be heading to I-40 to make my eastward trek for home and this was almost right on the way...so I chose the Billy the Kid (Billy Bonney) Museum because my sister used to have her Western Books in this museum for sale. Her books are currently out of print, but I wanted to see where they had been sold. Her books were in the right place. I like Western History and although it seems the Outlaws became heroes, it is quite interesting! This museum is a 100 yr collection of the Sweet Family. It is more than just Billy the Kid...check out these exhibits..
the building is overflowing with all sorts of collections...here is the one of the very few images of the Kid!
here is the Kid's Rifle
I liked this collection of old lawmen badges...
A pony Express Rider would wear one of these...
all kinds of saddles on display...
Old barber chairs, old telephones, and even an old telephone switchboard,
an impressive arrowhead collection..
and some pottery...
a lot of western art...
here is a rendition of the Kid's Burial
typewriters, irons, and radios....
and then another area for classic cars
my mom is always talking about riding in the rumble seat, the car up above has one! How handy was that??
and other automotive collectibles
While I was in this museum in the back is an area with a tin roof...with skylights and suddenly it started to HAIL!! Listen to this!!
Boy I ran out of there!
When it finally stopped raining I headed over to the grave of the Kid...he is buried here in the Ft Sumner Post Cemetery.
Since the headstone was stolen twice there's a big cage around it...he is buried alongside 2 of his buddies
"he died as he had lived"
another marker in the cemetery...
A stormy look at the cemetery...
and some of the hail stones I found some quarter sized ones!!
Not far out of town is Sumner Lake State Park, I headed over since the storm kept circling around...I got this fantastic spot!
barely had time to prepare a meal when the storm hit again, so that put me inside for the night
After the last of the storm stopped I had a peaceful night...and left pretty early after breakfast...and headed up to I-40 to start my eastward journey toward home...
I had about 1,380 miles to go...and I didn't get far before I found more interesting stuff I had to stop and see!
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.