What a great day!
We had a great turnout for the field trip to the Brose House - we had limited space and time so weren't able to accommodate everyone that wanted to go this time. Shauna Robinson of the Twin Falls County Preservation Commission led the Brose house tour, while Friends of Stricker explained the ranch history and Louis Zamora took us to a number of points of interest concerning the canal system.
Shauna shared information on the barn being purchased as a kit from Montgomery Ward and how Mr. Brose poured the concrete blocks that the home is made from.
Some of the original fence is still in place and many ornate urns and accents poured into cement molds can be found around the property.
This is the south porch of the home. Kudo's Shauna and many thanks for the tour.
We were able to wander freely at the Stricker Ranch, with volunteers from Friends of Stricker available at certain points to explain the building or area they represented. We had our lunch there, then went along with Louis Zamora to see some interesting things about the Twin Falls Canal Company.
We stopped at each end of the 10 foot siphon that crosses Rock Creek.
Last, but certainly not least, we were able to access the building that stores some of the artifacts collected by Joe Webster and others at the canal company in Twin Falls.
Field trip (bus is full)
It looks like we will have a full bus on the 21st, with several others either following or meeting us at one of the points of interest.
The trip to the Brose House, Stricker Ranch and other areas around Hansen should prove to be a fun and interesting day. Be sure to bring your own lunch, beverages, etc. as we will leave the museum at ten and return about 3 or 4. There will be plenty to see and learn about on the trip, some places we have visited on previous field trips, but there is always something new. We are getting a lot of sign ups for the bus, but still have some seats available, (as of the 13th). Brian Olmstead of the Twin Falls Canal Company may be able to take us through their historical displays later in the afternoon. There is no fee for the trip, but we gratefully accept donations and hope to be able to continue these adventures. Our weekend lectures will be starting in a few more months, so if there is something of special interest to you, please feel free to contact us to set something up.
What's coming up this month
Our field trip is still on for September 21, but you will need to reserve a seat on the bus and/or to arrange to follow in your own car. Steve Hartgen will be here the 28th at 1 to talk about his new book and he will sign a copy for you!