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Monday, September 27, 2010

Casper, Wyoming (September 19th, 2010)

The only good thing we can say about this KOA ($35/night) next to the highway campground; is that the person who checked us in suggested we visit the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper.  And we thoroughly enjoyed our journey through the western plains  between 1840 and 1870 where 500,000 travelers journeyed across this territory as they traveled to the Oregon territory, the Great Salt Lake Valley, and the California and Montana gold fields looking for free farm land, freedom of religion and new business opportunities.  During this time, the Pony Express was created as well.  We experienced a journey across these trails including the hardships that were encountered;  their meeting and trading with the Indians, and we decided that this is how history should be taught in the schools.  We experienced a virtual river crossing and we rode a stage coach.  Very interesting indeed and kept us busy for a good couple of hours.  There were seven interactive exhibit galleries and a 18-minute multimedia program as well.  We also visited the town of Casper and Jason purchased his first cowboy hat.  From there we traveled to Boysen State Park in The Wind River Canyon of Wyoming.

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