Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Lake Superior Railroad Museum

Earlier this summer, my sister Becky and I took her four kids to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, MN.

Model Train

We were able to tour many of the trains. The kids had fun exploring. This was the snowplow, used to clear the tracks after huge snowstorms.

Callie in the caboose.

Playing around in the mail car.

A few pictures of the trains on display.

This is Minnesota's first steam engine, The William Crooks, built in 1862.

The perimeter of the train depot is lined with small shops and businesses. Of course there is a train station, as well as a drug store, candy shop, clothing store, hardware store, soda fountain, dentist and doctor's office, and more.

Attached to the depot is a children's museum. The kids had fun playing with the pulleys, trucks, and cranes in the construction zone.

Micah was fascinated by the "floating" ball, caused by air blowing through the orange cone.

Climbing the spiral stairs inside the giant tree brought us upstairs to another level of the museum. Here you can do art projects, play music, and explore a campsite.

Near the entrance to the depot, there was a military museum with memorabilia from various branches of the armed forces.
The kids are standing in front of an 1818 U.S. flag. The lower right star is literally held together with a thin thread. In fact, the plaque said they had to place the display case at an angle to ensure that the weight of the flag didn't cause the threads to break.

Four hours at the museum + zero naps = an exhausting, fun-filled day for everyone


erin said...

whoa, that flag is amazing!!

~*~ Allison ~*~ said...

Looks like SO much fun! Found you through Blog Frog!

Can't wait to read more.

Many blessings,