We all know that seeing something is much better than just hearing about it so Woolam graciously made the at least thirty-minute cross town treck in his wagon and under the power of his team of mules. Of course, the children were excited, to say the least!
The day started with David explaining things about the wagon and team to the children.
Then, all kiddos were given a chance to climb up in the wagon to see just how it felt to be there.
After all had been photographed inside the wagon, we headed inside where Missy read a story that she had written for the children. First, she and Woolam explained a photo of a covered wagon.
Then…it was story time.
The story began like this:
“It was a hot day in April. The wagon had made good time, the flat prairie and rolling hills easy to drive the wagon over. Pa said the grass was the best he had ever seen, that horses and cows would do well here.
“Pa wanted to stop and rest the horses. He had two good horses pulling the wagon, and his saddle horse was tied to the back of the wagon. Pa said you had to have a good saddle horse in wild country like this. Ma always reminded him not to talk about “wild country” because he might scare Jack. But Jack knew that this was Indian country, and he must always stay close to the wagon and mind Pa and Ma at all times.
“The first settlers to come to this land had camped on a good creek south of here. Pa had gotten the patent on some land near the settlement of Comanche before they left home. A patent is like a deed to their land. Now, more people would be coming to settle here.
“There was good timber here. Pa said you could cut down trees and build a log cabin withut having to drag the trees very far…”
And then it was time to head for home….