We enjoyed a super field trip exploring the Barlow Road on Thursday, September 15th. Many thanks to our chaperons! Thanks also to everyone for allowing your children to stay after school and for being willing to pick them up at 4:30 so that we could complete the whole experience.
Our first stop was at the Barlow Tollgate. We especially appreciated how large the tree had grown that was planted by the last gatekeeper. We then traveled further up Highway 26 and visited Laurel Hill, the site of a very steep section of the Barlow Road. Our next stop was Summit Prairie, a popular rest area for the emigrants, and the adjacent small cemetery (a permanent rest stop). We then visited the rather famous Pioneer Woman’s Grave and left her some flowers. After that, we hiked a short distance down the Barlow Road. It ‘s now impassable for wagons, since so many trees are down!
After lunch, groups of students rotated through seven stations at the Pioneer Camp, sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and staffed by volunteers. The kids played with toys and games of the era, carded wool, tried to make fire, braided rope, learned of doctoring and medicine along the trail, churned butter, inspected a wagon and the supplies and materials needed for a successful journey, and participated in an archaeological dig.
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