The annual Tucson Rodeo is coming up in a few weeks and we lucked out and picked a day when they weren't so busy at the museum and we could wander around to our hearts content. It took us over 1.5 hrs to check everything out and it was worth it.
|Tucson paddy wagon|
|Maximilian horse drawn carriage in great shape.|
|Neat old carriage|
|Old Tucson dairy delivery wagon|
|Buckboard used by John Wayne in McLintlock|
|Brewery delivery wagon|
The Conestoga wagon is a heavy, covered wagon that was used extensively during the late 18th century and the 19th century in the United States and Canada. It was large enough to transport loads up to 8 tons and was drawn by horses, mules or oxen. It was designed to help keep its contents from moving about when in motion and to aid it in crossing rivers and streams, though it sometimes leaked unless caulked.
The term "Conestoga wagon" refers specifically to this type of vehicle; it is not a generic term for "covered wagon". The wagons used in the westward expansion of the United States were, for the most part, ordinary farm wagons fitted with canvas covers.
|Dual purpose carriage|
|The driver's area was very small and only a small person could sit there.|
|Steam driven Carnival calliope|
We stopped briefly at one of the GEM show tents and Sue was in seventh heaven checking out all the baubles and beads. I think she has plans to return to the GEM show if she gets a chance.
After that we picked up Gerry and headed out for dinner at the Village Inn restaurant. It was free pie night and the place was mobbed. We had a 20-25 minute wait to be seated and the wait for our food order was even longer. The kitchen workers were overwhelmed and could not keep up with the rush. When the meals were delivered to the table they were tasty as usual. By this time we were tired and got our pieces of pie to go. They didn't last long with us, but don't know how long they lasted with Dick & Sue.
That was our day, how was yours?