Friday, July 29, 2011

Fort Steele Heritage Town

Friday, we went to the Ft Steele Heritage Town, which is down the road about 1/2 a mile from our campground. The town has been around 1864, going from boom town of the gold rush days to a ghost town to a tourist attraction. It was originally called Galbraith Ferry. It was a major commerical center but dropped from around 4,000 people to 400 within a few years when the Railroad bypassed the town. It reminds me of places we went back east such as Plimoth Plantation and Williamsburg, where they have people dressed up as in the 1800's and you can walk into stores and homes to see what it looked like and what it was like back in those days. There are around 60 buildings, some original and reconstructed that are typical of the period between 1890 and 1905. They have theater productions, train and horse driven wagon rides.
Former Brewery, now Visitor Center

Jack Corrigan's Harness Shop

Officer's dining room

Officer's room

Court House

Jail, in same building as Court House

Some of the buildings still operate as shops, such as the Ice Cream Parlor, Bakery and Photography Shop.
There was a lot of interesting history and we really recommend this to anyone who is in this area in their travels.

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