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HOSPITALITY Spring/Summer Edition 2022

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Dawsonville History Museum Home of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Bringing local and regional heritage to our visitors. As you enter our alleyway we have six car displays beginning from the early 1930’s and culminating with an interactive truck display. As you maneuver our landscape you will see 7 Georgia native NASCAR champions displays including our hometown hero the 2020 NASCAR Champion, Chase Elliott, whose exhibit will bring you into the modern era of NASCAR racing. Enjoy your-self guided tour, and let us know if any of our volunteers can assist you in any way. You will find us wearing navy blue vests.

Dawsonville is “the Birthplace of Stockcar Racing”

Gober Sosebee - HOF Inductees/ Hemphill station exhibit

Stock Car History Theatre

Hall of Fame hours:

Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Closed Holidays. Last Tickets are Sold at 4:30pm each day. www.georgiaracinghof.com


Souvenir Shop

Georgia Racing Hall of Fame

415 Hwy 53 East Dawsonville, GA 30534 Phone: 706.216.7223 Email: contact@georgiaracinghof.com www.instagram.com/georgiaracinghof

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WASHINGTON Comfort Inn On The Bay

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HOSPITALITY Spring/Summer Edition 2022

Table of Contents

Humbolt Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Jackpot, Nevada - STAY, EXPLORE, PLAY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Floyd County, Kentucky. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 OHmazing Island Escape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Paintsville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Casey Tibbs - South Dakota Rodeo Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Touch 100 Years of Aviation History. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Nevada Northern Railway Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Carlsbad Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 The National Motorcycle Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Mica Moon - Zip Tours and Aerial Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Villisca Axe Murder House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 What to See & Do in Alice, Texas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 National Historic Cheesemaking Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Northern Indiana Lakes Country. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Welcome To Ontario, Oregon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Welcome to Salmon Harbor Marina. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 We Invite You To Visit Harlem, Georgia!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Comfortable Ephrata Hotel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 The Richard Allen Cultural Center & Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Explore Nature’s Gem at Talking Rocks Cavern! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Leadville Railroad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Colossal Cave. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 MARKETPLACE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Advertisers Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Western Heritage Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 The 10th Annual Dino Shindig. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42





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Humbolt Museum


ver wonder what became of old Winnemucca, the town where brave pioneers sought their fortune and weary cowboys hitched up their steeds after a day on the Nevada range? Those days live on at the Humboldt Museum, along with the Great Depression, the Roaring Twenties, and even the Ice Age. The museum offers a compendium of area history through its many artifacts. Visitors will see a turn-of-the-century soda factory scene, several horseless carriages,

a set of bones from a local mammoth, remnants from Chinatown and so much more. The three acre Humboldt Museum complex consists of four structures open to tours: the former St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church built in 1907 (the original home of Humboldt Museum), the 1880’s Greinstein Mercantile Building, the Cumley-Richardson House built in 1899, and the modern two-story brick museum building which houses the bulk of the museum’s exhibits and collections. Visitors will also enjoy plenty of RV parking alongside a shaded interpretive viewing plaza overlooking the Humboldt River Valley. Humboldt Museum is situated above the California Trail, along the Humboldt River, at 175 Museum Way in Winnemucca, Nevada. Public hours are Monday– Friday 9:00am-4:00pm & Saturdays 1:00pm-4:00pm. The museum is generally self-guided, although docent-guided tours are available. While admission is free, donations are always appreciated. For more information visit www.humboldtmuseum.org or call 775-623-2912.




Jackpot, Nevada - STAY, EXPLORE, PLAY Conveniently located at the border between Northern Nevada and Southern Idaho, Jackpot is in the middle of the wonderous beauty and endless opportunities of both states. Looking for a quiet night’s sleep? A romantic getaway? We’ve got you covered. We have several hotels and over 600 rooms to choose from. And we also have two RV parks for those who prefer that method of travel. Our huge town park complex is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. There’s a soccer field and baseball field, as well as a playground, covered picnic tables with BBQ stands, and a football field’s worth of grass for flying a kite or tossing a football. Bringing your dog along? We have a large enclosed dog park next to the town park for fido to romp in. In the mood for a round of golf? Visit our awardwinning course, with its spectacular view of the surrounding area and middle Stack Mountain. Is it adventure you’re after? Then you can climb to


the top of Balanced Rock, kayak on the Snake River or the Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir, or BASE jump off the Perrine Memorial Bridge. Nevada and Idaho are known for their outdoor sporting, with hunting, fishing, and boating nearby. With hundreds of miles of beautiful BLM land surrounding Jackpot, you and the family can enjoy a nature hike, go rock hounding, or explore the countryside in your OHV. Planning your trip in the winter? Magic Mountain Ski Resort is just 64 miles away. Then after your outing, you can return to Jackpot for a night of star gazing, a nice dinner, or gaming at one of our local casinos. Don’t forget Jackpot’s many shows and special events throughout the year. Our annual car show is very popular. All this excitement, fun and beauty are within easy reach from our friendly little town. Jackpot, Nevada… Creating New Adventures for the Whole Family!



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Rockhound & Lapidary Collections Rock, Gem & Mineral Exhibit Baker Heritage Museum 2480 Grove Street, Baker City, Oregon Open Daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Floyd County, Kentucky


loyd County, Kentucky, tucked away in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. We invite you to map out your own unique adventure with an abundant array of experiences.

Founded by Colonel John Floyd (1750-1783) it became the 40th county of 120 in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It is 396 square miles in the heart of eastern Kentucky, has a population of about 39,000 and was once dependent on a thriving coal mining economy. Floyd County is situated on the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River and on Country Music Highway, a National Scenic Byway and has produced numerous musical talents. The county seat is Prestonsburg and Jenny Wiley State Resort Park proudly calls it home. Floyd County has a rich history, culture and people. It was a Confederate stronghold during the Civil War but gave way to two Union victories at the Middle


Creek National Battlefield and Battle of Ivy Mountain. Indulge in a round of golf or several at StoneCrest (18-hole) and Beaver Valley (9-hole). Take in a show year ‘round at the Mountain Arts Center. Explore the area with visits to the Samuel May House (built in 1817), Wayland Museum, and East Kentucky Science Center. Soak up natural beauty, no matter the season, as you trek through our many scenic trails and engage in invigorating outdoor activities (ATV trails coming soon). Local wildlife, such as elk, deer and other forest creatures may even come out to greet you. We have many parks to celebrate a birthday, family reunion, wedding or picnic. A variety of festivals and special events happen throughout the year. Whether it’s hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, golfing, listening to local music or just relaxing, Great Food, Comfy Hotels and Good Ole Southern Hospitality will complete your stay! www.floydcountytourism.com



OHmazing Island Escape


ou haven’t experienced the Pacific Northwest until you have visited Oak Harbor on beautiful Whidbey Island in Washington. This hidden gem is accessible by a quick ferry ride or a scenic drive across the Deception Pass Bridge. Oak Harbor is an easy two-hour drive from Seattle or Vancouver, British Columbia, yet it feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of urban living. Proud home of the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, anyone can come and enjoy a personal fly over of the local planes from time to time. Oak Harbor also boasts an abundance of public waterfront, a historic downtown of charming shops, flavorful



restaurants, and affordable lodging that provides charm and comfort that makes Whidbey Island an enjoyable vacation escape. If you’re looking for more lodging and wonders to explore, you can visit the other beauties of Whidbey and Camano Island to really make this an OH-mazing experience. Shopping and enjoying the town is not where the wonders of Whidbey Island end. Camping, climbing, boating, fishing, crabbing, biking, hiking – there is no shortage of activities to keep everyone and anyone busy. And if the natural wonders were not enough, Oak Harbor is also proud to host several community events


throughout the year. Events like Holland Happening, a nod to celebrate the town’s heritage on the last weekend of April, a truly old-fashioned 4th of July celebration featuring a parade and fireworks over the water, Oak Harbor Music Festival bringing a variety of musical artists on Labor Day Weekend, and Hydros for Heroes bringing hydroplanes to the waters of Oak Harbor. Whether you are visiting to relax, to enjoy the great outdoors and calming waters, or take part in some of the annual events, there is always something to enjoy on exceptional Whidbey Island and Camano Island. For travel information, please contact the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce at 360-675-3755 or visit www.oakharborchamber.com.

Campbell County Rockpile Museum 900 West 2nd Street • Gillette, WY 82716 (307) 682-5723 • rockpile@vcn.com


Exhibits feature collections of Native American artifacts, rifles, horse-drawn vehicles, early homesteading, ranching, and current mining practices. Explore a one-room schoolhouse, 1889 blacksmith shop, 1917 homestead cabin, and Burlington Northern caboose. Children of all ages will enjoy our hands-on exhibits as well as spectacular videos that explain coal mining and power generation making the Rockpile Museum an enjoyable and educational experience for the whole family!

360-675-3755 Oak Harbor Chamber.com 32630 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277




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open mid-May to mid-October

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aintsville, Kentucky is home to spectacular mountain scenery and stars like Loretta Lynn and Chris Stapleton, this classic Kentucky town will have you singing through your memories long after your journey has ended. For country music fans, the hills and hollers surrounding U.S. 23 are hallowed ground. Music and storytelling traditions run deep in this part of Kentucky, which has produced more hit country artists than any other region per capita, including Lorretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, The Judd’s, Chris Stapleton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tom T. Hall, Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Dwight Yoakam and Patty Loveless. Visit the U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum that features 14 exhibits displaying memorabilia from the country music stars who call Eastern Ky their home. While you are in town join us for an evening of live bluegrass music during Front Porch Pickin’ every Thursday at 7pm.


If it is nature, you love we have a beautiful 1,139acre Paintsville Lake with its steep, rocky cliffs and wooded coves, that provides boating, skiing, and fishing pleasure. The lake area contains 32 developed campsites, ten primitive campsites, a playground, four picnic shelters, four-lane launch ramp, amphitheater, restaurant , marina, and Kiwanis Trail. While you are at the lake take a step back in time as you explore our Mountain Homeplace Farm. This Appalachian working farm dates to the 1850’s and features a cabin, church, one room schoolhouse, animals, and a garden. A trip to Paintsville would not be complete without having a delicious Appalachian inspired meal in one of our downtown restaurants. Make sure to remember your trip by taking home a collectable antique from one of our unique downtown shops. Visit, Explore, Discover all that Eastern Kentucky has to offer.



Casey Tibbs - South Dakota Rodeo Center Fort Pierre, South Dakota Just minutes from the interstate in cozy Fort Pierre, South Dakota, a cowboy treasure of epic proportions waits for hungry groups. Both a historical rodeo museum and a rentable venue for western-style entertainment and catered meals, the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center will prove to be a feast for the eyes, mind and belly. Seated atop Verendrye Drive and across the river from South Dakota’s state capitol, Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center presents the state’s rich rodeo culture from the past and present day. Take a stroll through the outdoor garden, featuring life-size sculptures; admire memorabilia from champion rodeo performers, including the amazing, nine-time world champion rodeo performer Casey Tibbs, exhibits on the Great Plains Indian Rodeo, Olympic Rodeo and more. Learn about world-famous cowgirl trick rider extraordinaire – Mattie Goff-Newcome.



Want to be a rodeo star? Do not miss the chance to ride a virtual bronc at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center. Have dinner with a view at the Casey Tibbs Center’s conference area. Through the windows, historic For t Pierre and the beautiful Missouri River vie for guests’ attentions against the dazzling cuisine, which can be catered to specific South Dakota fare such as bison steaks, and entertainment. Upon request , the Casey Tibbs Center can bring the heart of South Dakota to life before bus tour groups’ eyes with presentations from Lakota dancers, Rodeo Ambassadors and more. Ask about adding a Lewis and Clark historical presentation to a conference center rental to increase the educational factor of a tour. There is something inherently American about the rodeo, and perhaps that is why Fort Pierre is also a “gold mine” of historic sites. Learn about Lewis and Clark, Wild Bill, the settlement of the native Lakota people, Casey Tibbs and much more. View one of the most important historical discoveries of the region via the tale of the Verendrye brothers, a duo who stealthily claimed part of South Dakota for France in the 1700s. The Casey Tibbs Center is bus group ready with ample parking a n d wh e e l c h a i r- a c c e s s i b l e facilities. Discounts for bus groups apply. For more information, visit caseytibbs.com or phone (605) 494-1094.


Touch 100 Years of Aviation History


here’s an adventure for everyone at Pima Air & Space Museum. Hundreds of thousands visit from all over the world to create lasting memories or relive them. The museum offers endless opportunities for discovery with 360 aircraft on 80 acres and 100 years of flight at your fingertips from a Wright Flyer to a 747 Queen of the Skies. Nowhere else in the world can you get this close to such a large, international variety of iconic and rare aircraft including military, commercial, civil, and experimental. There’s 250,000 square feet of indoor exhibits in six hangars, of which three are dedicated to WWII. You’ll come face to face with history’s finest planes like the SR-71 Blackbird, the first Boeing 777 ever built, the oldest B-52, and the last B-36 ever built. You’ll even get to explore under the wings of rare and sole-surviving aircraft like the Budd Conestoga, Columbia XLJ-1, and the Martin Mariner. The unprecedented collection of aircraft at Pima began in the 1960’s. Air Force Commanders at what is now known as the “Boneyard,” the 309th Aerospace


Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), wanted to preserve aviation heritage from going up in flames at the smelter. What started as a line of airplanes on the base’s fence is now the largest privately funded air and space museum in the nation. Pima Air & Space Museum has got something for everyone whether you’re a decorated pilot or have never taken to the skies. Visitors routinely rave that it’s much bigger with more to do than expected and fun for all ages. The museum is in Tucson, Arizona just minutes off the highway at 6000 E. Valencia Rd. It’s open 363 days a year from 9am-5pm. Your adventure begins at www.pimaair.org.



Nevada Northern Railway Museum Y

Be The Engineer...

ou can actually be the engineer of a steam locomotive at the Nevada Northern Railway Museum. It is an intense hands-on experience that you will remember forever! You’re can show up at the engine house at o’dark thirty, to help prepare the locomotive for the day. You will be doing this in the original 1907 engine house. After the air brake test, it’s off to the mainline, through the 115-year-old rail yard.

at your command!

Now its time! You’re sitting in the engineer’s seat of a centuryold steam locomotive on the main line! You open the cylinder cocks, give two blasts on the whistle, your hand easing out the throttle. Then you hear it! Chuff! Chuff! Chuff! The locomotive is moving

to blow for the crossing – two longs, a short and a long. The grader steepens, more throttle is needed. The fireman is throwing coal into the firebox. The flames are leaping out.

Slowly the speed builds, road crossing up ahead. Things are happening fast now. You need

Up head is a tunnel, it’s not

long, but its dark, the cab fills up with smoke and steam. The fireman throws in more coal, the cab lights up briefly, and then it’s through the tunnel into the sun light. More throttle as the grade steepens and then another tunnel. You hear the locomotive reverberate through the tunnel. And then you’re out of the tunnel running along US 50. You’re high up in the cab of the iron horse, now you get to wave to people in the cars driving by. By this time, you’re only a third of the way into your trip. I could go on - but you need to come out and experience it for yourself. To s i g n u p f o r y o u r t r i p , give us a call (775) 289-2085 or online www.nnry.com/pages/ enginweer.php

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Carlsbad Museum


stablished in 1931, the Carlsbad Museum & Art Center is the oldest municipal museum in New Mexico. It is home to a remarkable collection of Native American and historical artifacts, an important collection of New Mexican art and Glenna Goodacre sculptures, the Carlsbad Hall of Fame, and a changing gallery that brings an exciting variety of exhibits to town every summer and winter.

In the Native American collection you will find excellent examples of stone tools and pottery from early Mogollon, Anasazi, Mesa Verde and the historic period. However, the museum is perhaps best known for

its exceptional art collection, rich in the work of 20th century New Mexican artists including the founders of the Taos Society of Artists, plus a growing body of art by notable contemporar y NM artists. The Carlsbad Hall of Fame, our newest gallery, will surprise as you discover Carlsbad’s connection to the Congressional Medal of Honor, Shakespeare, Big Bird, and more! Come visit the Museum. Admission is always free and we have the town’s b e s t l i tt l e b o o k s t o r e where you can also find, local art, and souvenirs to take home! There is something for everyone at the CMAC!

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The National Motorcycle Museum


ver 550 motorcycles, several thousand pieces of art and memorabilia, even a very early bi-plane are part of the National Motorcycle Museum presentation of American transportation history. Located about 50 miles west of the Mississippi in Anamosa, Iowa, artist Grant Wood’s territory, the Museum offers visitors a look at motorcycles from around the world, 1890’s through



the 20th Century. If the wide ranging motorcycle collection isn’t reason enough to visit, there’s also the focused Early American Transportation Innovation exhibition featuring pre-1920 transportation ideas and inventions of all types. A timeline of innovations opens the exhibit and you’ll learn about the origins of steam power, internal combustion in motorcycles, bicycles, cycle cars, even aviation innovation is touched on. Central to this exhibition is a one-off airplane. The 1911 STECO Aerohydroplane, a very innovative bi-plane on floats, created by Chicago inventor James Stephens is powered by a French GnomeOmega seven cylinder rotary engine. Surprised to see an airplane in a motorcycle museum? It turns out that Glenn Curtiss, the Wright Bothers and other inventive types experimented with wheeled and winged transportation; there’s innovation cross-over. Motorcycles on display range from customs, cafe racers, dirt trackers, drag bikes and road racers to the earliest American machines like a replica 1869 Roper Steam Cycle, Flying Merkel, Reading Standard, Excelsior, Thor, Sears, Thomas, the very rare Blue Bird and Crouch to more recent machines from England, Europe and Japan. There’s also a great bicycle collection, hundreds of toys and motorcycling art; photos, paintings, sculpture of all types, motor related. The National Motorcycle Museum rotates exhibits annually so don’t wait long to visit. Whether you’re a motorcycle enthusiast or just into American history, plan your visit at www. nationalmcmuseum.org, or call 319-462-3925.


Mica Moon - Zip Tours and Aerial Park M

ore than a century ago, the majestic “Mica Peak”, situated south of I-90 midway between Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho was famous for a backwoods industry. Known at that time as “Moonshine Mountain,” the peak provided a camouflaged haven for illicit moonshine brewing that locals affectionately dubbed “Mica Moon.” Fast forward a hundred years and Mica Moon is once again famous - but this time, as a world renowned zipline tour and aerial adventure park. Named after the moonshine made in the area years ago, Mica Moon Zip Tours and Aerial Park attracts families and thrill seekers from all over the world. At last count, visitors have come from over 90 countries and every state in the Union to experience this natural high. The modernday “Mica Moon’’, being free from alcohol and chemical stimulation other than happy endorphins and adrenaline, is proving to be more addictive than moonshine itself.

side) to the start of the course on old moonshine trails still located on Mica Peak. Mica Moon also boasts a world class aerial park featuring bridges, swings, ziplines and other unique challenges. Complete these obstacles at 50-70 feet up in towering pines as the courses zigzag over a beautiful mountain stream. The day c ome s complete with breathtaking valley views and gorgeous forest glens. Mica Moon’s spectacular views, indelible memories, and thrilling ride s have captivated guests from all over the world. If you are planning a trip through Spokane or Coeur d’Alene do not miss this enchanting and memorable experience. Because of its popularity reservations are recommended. Availability can be reviewed at the website micamoon.com or speak to one of their friendly staff at (509) 587-4020.

Mica Moon’s Zipline Tour and Outdoor Adventure Park has been named the Spokane Area #1 rated outdoor activity by TripAdvisor every year since opening in 2015. In fact, in 2020 Mica Moon won the prestigious “People’s Choice” award. Placing it, by virtue of its almost exclusive 5-star reviews, in the top 10% of all outdoor activities worldwide! Your experience at Mica Moon is top-tier in the industry. Two guides carefully guide you through a course consisting of 9 zips up to 2/3 of a mile in length. The tour includes an exciting ride in an open air 6- seater UTV (side-by-





ena and Ina Stillinger, the daughters of Joseph and Sara Stillinger, left their home for church early Sunday morning. They planned on having dinner with their grandmother after the morning service, spending the afternoon with her and then returning to her home to spend the night after the Children’s Day exercises concluded. The girls, however, were invited by Katherine Moore to spend the night at the Moore home instead. Prior to leaving for the exercises, Mr. Moore placed a call to the Stillinger home to ask permission for the girls to stay overnight. Blanche, Lena and Ina’s older sister, told Mr. Moore that her parents were both outdoors but she would pass the message along to them. The Children’s Day Program at the Presbyterian Church was an annual event



and began at approximately 8:00 p.m on Sunday evening June 9th. According to witnesses, Sarah Moore coordinated the exercises. All of the Moore children as well as the Stillinger girls participated. Josiah Moore sat in the congregation. The program ended at 9:30 pm and the Moore family, along with the Stillinger sisters, walked home from the church. They entered their home sometime between 9:45 and 10:00 p.m. The following morning, at approximately 5:00 a.m., Mary Peckham, the Moore’s next door neighbor stepped into her yard to hang laundry. At approximately 7:00 am. she realized that not only had the Moore’s not been outside nor the chores began, but that the house itself seemed unusually still. Between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m., Mary Peckham www.RitzHospitalityMag.com

and brought the murderer to justice. Almost 100 years later, however, the Villisca Axe Murders remain a mystery. The murder or murderers are probably long dead, their gruesome secret buried with them. In hindsight, it’s easy to blame the officials at the time, for what could only be considered a gross mismanagement of what little evidence may have remained.

approached the house and knocked on the door. When she re c e i ve d no response, she attempted to open the door only to find it locked from the inside. After letting out the Moore’s chickens, Mary placed a call to Josiah’s brother, Ross Moore, setting into place one of the most mismanaged murder investigations to ever be undertaken. Once the murderers were discovered, the news traveled quickly in the small town. As neighbors and curious onlookers converged on the house, law enforcement officials quickly lost control of the crime scene. It is said that up to a hundred people traipsed through the house gawking at the bodies before the Villisca National Guard finally arrived around noon to cordon off the area and secure the home. Had these murders been committed today, it is almost certain that law enforcement officials would have easily solved the crime www.RitzHospitalityMag.com

It is quite probable that even if the crime scene had been secure, the evidence would not have provided any real clues. There was no central database of fingerprints so even if any had been recovered, the murderer would have had to have been apprehended for a comparison. Granted, prints may have either convicted or cleared Kelly and Mansfield. Frank Jones, however, was suspected only of masterminding the plot, not actually committing the murders himself. Fingerprints would not have exonerated him.

Villisca Axe Murder House

On a quiet residential street in this small town sits an old white frame house. On a dark evening, the absence of lights and sounds are the first indication to visitors that this house is different from the other homes that surround it. Upon closer inspection, you’ll notice the doors and windows are tightly closed and covered. An outhouse in the backyard suggests that this house does not occupy a place in the 21st century but somehow belongs in another era or another story. A weather-beaten sign warns rather than welcomes. This is the “Murder House”.

Day Tours are Tuesday-Sunday 1-4pm - last tour at 3:30 p.m. CLOSED MONDAYS. Overnight tours are by reservation only.




Ghost Ranch What to See & Do Education & in Alice, Texas Retreat Center T


our this majestic landscape of iconic , multicolored cliffs to renew your spirit. Explore the two museums featuring the paleo and archaeo history of the Chama Valley. Visit the gift shop. Take a Georgia O’Keeffe Landscape tour or trail ride to learn about her life, art and beloved landscapes. Come to Ghost Ranch to hike and explore for a day, or longer for an art, spirituality or wellness workshop to connect with the colorful history and scenic beauty. Take US 84/285 north, then follow US 84 north where it splits in Española. Continue north past Abiquiu for 13 miles. 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu (65 miles north of Plaza), 505-685-1000, 877-804-4678, ghostranch.org

he city of Alice is located in Jim Wells County, and although not a prominent tourist destination, there is lots to see. Visitors will discover many of the historic attractions and their significance. Music enthusiasts will be interested to learn about Tejano, which originated in Alice, fusing Mexican vocals and traditional European dance tunes. Nature lovers will enjoy birdwatching, fishing, and hunting, and licenses can easily be obtained for these activities. Golfers will be delighted to discover two courses. Visitors arriving in May can join in the fun of the annual Bandana Festival. Fiesta Bandana is held at Jim Wells County Fairgrounds in Alice, and includes food booths, rodeo events, carnival rides and much more. Alice is only a 1-hour drive from the famous beaches of Corpus Christi, Texas. Home to the Texas State Aquarium, The USS Lexington, and the Selena Museum, there’s more to do than just soak up the sun. Make a day trip and get back in time to enjoy your evening in Alice. For more information, visit: www.cityofalice.org.


This iconic landscape continues to awaken the creative spirit in all of us. Join in a weeklong adventure. Bluegrass Camp May 11-15 Music, Painting, Cowboy Hat Making, Hiking, Silversmithing Calligraphy Festival June 5-11 Calligraphy, Painting, Writing & Photography


July Family Weeks Adults join in AM workshops and youth to age 18 join in summer adventure with afternoon and evening time to build memories. GHOSTRANCH.ORG/RH 505.685.1000



National Historic Cheesemaking Museum …a Tribute to All Cheesemakers!


eel the presence of a strong cheesemaking heritage and experience the great stories our friendly staff is willing to share, bring you an area that was and a traditional that still thrives! The focus of the National Historic Cheesemaking Museum recognizes the importance of the dairy farmers, cheesemaking and all other phases of the industry from the farm to the market. Monroe, known as the “Gateway to Cheese Country” and the “Cheese Capital of the U.S.A.”, is a small historic community in south central Wisconsin rich in heritage, tradition, technology, and the hard work of dairying and cheesemaking. An area rich in “Cheese, Beer and Wine” conveniently located just 45 miles southwest of Madison, Wisconsin and 95 miles northwest of Chicago, Illinois. Envision the manual labor from its humble beginnings in a single farmstead factory in the mid 1850’s, to the first Wisconsin limburger cheese factory in 1868, and to a time in the 1900’s when more than 300 factories dotted the countryside. Discover the leadership and innovation that Monroe area cheesemakers have provided throughout the years, molding Wisconsin into the country’s premier quality cheese producer. At the National Historic Cheesemaking Center Museum, the past comes alive with tours led by knowledgeable veteran cheesemakers and docents. Then, enter ….”an era that was, that will never be again” as you step inside the Imobersteg Cheese Factory, restored and located on our campus, where each year on the second Saturday of June a 90 pound wheel of Swiss cheese is made right before your eyes, as it was done over 100 years ago.

Honoring Texas’ Greatest Hero

Located on the SHSU Campus

1836 Sam Houston Ave., Huntsville, Texas 77340 936-294-1832 I samhoustonmemorialmuseum.com Tues. – Sat. 9am-4:30pm & Sun. Noon-4:30pm




Northern Indiana Lakes Country


ith Indiana’s most beautiful state park, two wineries and a craft brewery, buffalo preserve, scenic golf courses and outlet shopping, Northern Indiana Lakes Country is familyfriendly and conveniently located less than 200 miles from Cleveland, Indianapolis and Chicago.

Outdoor recreation lovers flock to Pokagon State Park and our 101 natural lakes. Hike on nine trails at Pokagon State Park, rent a bike to tour the 1,260acre park or take a guided 45-minutes horseback ride. Boat rentals, including kayaks, paddleboats and fishing boats, are available to explore Lake James, Indiana’s third largest natural lake. Enjoy lunch or dinner at the historic Potawatomi Inn. The nearby Trine State Recreation Area offers 200 acres



of wooded grounds, as well as 12 cabins, public fishing and boat rentals on 23-acre Gentian Lake. Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve is home to nearly 200 buffalo. Sleep under the stars in a safari tent or under buffalo blankets in the log-hewn bed and breakfast. Enjoy samples of locally-grown wine at Satek Winery and Briali Vineyards and Winery and shop for bargains at The Shops at Fremont. Unique events here in Northern Indiana Lakes Country include Angola Balloons Aloft, which fills the skies with 35 hot air balloons, plus a seaplane fly-in, classic boat show and a classic car show around the historic public square in downtown Angola. For more information, please visit the Steuben County Tourism Bureau website at lakes101.org


Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe


yramid Lake is located about 50 miles northeast of Reno, Nevada, and has been designated as one of the first 5 National Scenic Byways in the country. The Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation is comprised of 476,728 acres, with three communities w i t h i n. T h e t r i b a l membership are direct descendants of the Northern Paiute People who occupied the vast areas of the Great Basin, but m o re sp e c i f i c a l l y, the Kooyooe Tukaddu band (named for the unique prehistoric fish found onl y in Pyramid Lake.) Today, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe is one of the largest tribes in Nevada, with roughly 2,500 Tribal Members living on the Reservation. Pyramid Lake o c c u p i e s 1 1 2 ,0 0 0 surface acres inside the reser vation boundar y, and has a shoreline of approximately 175 miles. The endorheic salt lake is a residual body remaining from the Pleistocene Lake Lahontan, which had covered most of the Northern Nevada areas 9,000 years ago. The lake is now fed primarily by the Truckee River, which serves as an outlet of Lake



Tahoe. Pyramid Lake was given its name for the pyramid shaped tufa-rock formation on the southeastern part of the lake, which is accompanied by the Stone Mother. Fish species of Pyramid Lake occupying the lake includes the worldwide famous Lahontan Cutthroat Trout , Sacramento P e r c h , Tu i - C h u b , Taho e sucker and Cui-ui, which is on the endangered species list. Recreation – Due to the COVID-19 Pa n d e m i c t h a t i s currently gripping the world, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council has new restrictions in place that have changed recreation at the l a k e . Pe r m i t s a r e now available online ONLY at plpt.nagfa. net/online, and the Ranger Station, located at 2500 L a k e v i e w D r, i n Sutcliffe. Permit prices have also changed – you may now find these changes at our website, PyramidLake.us, under the ‘Permits’ tab. Masks are required at each of our three stores; customer limits are posted at all three store locations. Pertinent store information is posted on the Pyramid Lake Tribal Enterprises Facebook Page, or www.RitzHospitalityMag.com

Pyramid Lake Marina Store. Fireworks are sold year-round at each of these store locations, and each purchase comes with a permit which allows customers to discharge at select Pyramid Lake Beaches. Case sales are available online at: www.i80casesales. com. On social media, you can find us at i80fireworks on Instagram; I-80 Fireworks on Facebook, and on firework specific website, www.pyramidlakefireworks.com. Up to date information can be found on Facebook at Pyramid Lake Enterprises and Pyramid Lake, as well as at Twitter @plpt. Fishing – As Pyramid Lake is known for its prized Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, fishing season is as follows: trout fishing is open from October 1 to June 30th of each year. Trout season is closed from July 1st through September 30th. From July 1st to September 30th, the open waters of Pyramid Lake will be open to fishing to all species, excluding trout and cui-ui, and is limited to shore fishing only. Wading is permitted, but no boats, ladders or flotation devices may be used to fish. Any trout or cui-ui must be immediately released. Truckee River fishing on the Pyramid Lake Reservation is open from June 1st through February 28th, and will be closed to fishing from March 1st, through and including May 31st. Legal Fishing Hours are one hour

before sunrise to one hour after sunset. For more information on fishing, please feel free to contact our amazing Ranger Station team at 775-476-1155. They are open every day of the week, 8-4 pm. Tribal Administration Building: 775-574-1000 Pyramid Lake Tribal Rangers: 775-476-1155 Website: pyramidlake.us

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Home of the Kooyooe Tukaddu Band of Paiute Indians

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 208 Capitol Hill-PO Box 256 Nixon, NV 89424-0256

Pyramid Lake is located about 38 miles northeast of Reno, Nevada, and has been designated as one of the first 5 National Scenic Byways in the country. Considered the most beautiful desert lake in the world, Pyramid Lake is home to world renowned Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, to amazing Tufa Rock Formations, and is a site of tranquility and peace to many returning visitors. Recreational activities are available by season, and permits are easily available online. Check us out at pyramidlake.us today!

Bike Trails


Phone (775) 574-1000



Jet Skiing

Website: pyramidlake.us



Ranger Station 775-476-1155



Welcome To Ontario, Oregon Home of “America’s Global Village Festival”


ntario, Oregon is nestled on the lush banks of the Snake River and is proud to be the first Oregon cit y you encounter when traveling west from the Idaho border. Once you enter the uniquely rugge d landscap e o f the Treasure Valley, you will come to understand why many people never want to leave. Those who choose to live here understand the meaning and importance of a quality, family oriented lifestyle. Thus, the community reflects the e n e r g y, d i s t i n c t i o n , a n d diversity of its surrounding geography and residents.

the day. Upon entering the park for the Festival, visitors will be given a souvenir passport. With each visit to the villages,

And speaking of diversity, this year the Ontario Chamber of Commerce will host the 20th annual America’s Global Village Festival in Lions Park on June 4th – the first Saturday in June. The festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. with a multicultural parade through the park followed by a flag ceremony. The Festival celebrates the authentic cultural villages of African, Basque, German, Hawaiian, Japanese, Mexican, Pioneer, Scottish and Native American cultures. Each village features food, arts and crafts, cultural demonstrations and free youth activities. The main stage will highlight cultural entertainment throughout


the passport will be stamped. When children have a full passport, they will receive a free prize. Adults who turn in a complete survey will have a chance to win one of two $50 gas cards. While Ontario is the kind

of laid-back town you dream about when you want to get away from the hectic schedule of a busy, big city lifestyle, it also boasts a myriad of recreational activities for all ages, interests and skill levels within driving distance from its downtown area. Here you can enjoy mountain biking, hiking, golfing, camping, sport fishing, bird watching, kayaking, river rafting, horseback riding and much more. Ontario is situated only two hours from four separate ski resorts, including the world renowned Tamarack Ski Resort in Cascade, Idaho. You can not only downhill ski to your heart’s content, but also snowmobile, cross country ski and ice skate as well. There are also 61 acres of lush parks within the city if you’re looking for a place to just relax and enjoy the landscape. Ontario is a town where you will find the people are genuine, authentic, friendly, and down to earth. It is a town with a fascinating history, rich traditions, and a diverse population. It is also a place filled with things to do, places to see, and four distinct and beautiful seasons, so any time you choose to visit will be the perfect time. Visit us on our website at www.ontariochamber.com



Welcome to Salmon Harbor Marina


a l m o n Ha r b o r Ma r i n a boasts one of the Oregon Coast’s largest recreational facilities, all in an area known for its natural beauty. Whatever your interests, you’ll discover your complete vacation experience in Salmon Harbor. Complete Marina Facilities Salmon Harbor Marina is one of the largest recreational facilities on the Oregon Coast. The marina has immediate access to the Umpqua River, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, the Pacific Ocean, and miles of whitesand public beaches. 550 moorage slips are available in Salmon Harbor for short-term or long-term occupanc y, at competitive rates. Both wood and concrete docks, with shore power and domestic water, are available. Harbor services include two launch ramps. A full-service fuel dock is available at the west end

launch offering Non-Ethanol Premium fuel 92 octane for Water Craft, ATV’s and Lawn Tools. Need repairs or supplies? Winchester Bay businesses offer a range of services for mariners. As well as sling-type and cranetype launching facilities for larger vessels. The U.S. Coast Guard is also available to assist you from their station in Salmon Harbor. Visitors are welcome to tour their facility. Please call ahead (541271-2138) to make arrangements. Camping Oppor tunities Salmon Harbor also has 124 selfcontained camping sites available w i t h re s tro o m a n d s h o we r facilities. These campsites are on a first come first serve basis and are available year-round. Sightseeing - Visitors with historical interests will want to tour the Umpqua River Lighthouse, over a century old and commanding dramatic views of the Oregon Dunes and the Pacific

‘The best kept secret on the Oregon Coast!’ BEACHES | FISHING | CAMPING | MOORAGE

Call (541) 271-3407 WINCHESTER BAY, OREGON



Ocean. In nearby Reedsport, the Umpqua Discovery Center offers a glimpse into the region’s past, from the times of the Kuuich tribe to the present. Historic homes dot the community of Gardiner, just the other side of the Umpqua River. Wildlife - Don’t miss the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area, just outside Reedsport on Highway 38, where you can view these majestic animals in a protected natural setting. Whales travel past Winchester Bay on their annual migration each spring. And you’ll find a range of coastal wildlife along the many hiking trails in the area. Fishing - Few anglers go home from Salmon Harbor emptyhanded. Species in the area include Chinook salmon, striped bass, steelhead, sturgeon, chad, pink fin perch, and small mouth bass. We’ve become known as the Crab Capital of Oregon for the delicious Dungeness crab you can catch right off the docks, and several different species of clam are just a pail and shovel away. Off-Roading - It ’s hard to match the exhilaration of climbing the towering Oregon Dunes in an all-terrain vehicle. Bring your own, or rent locally, to explore off the beaten track! Annual events in Salmon Harbor include competitions for the dedicated ATV-er. Or, for a taste of “old-fashioned” off-roading, dogsleds meet the dunes in the annual Dune Mushers’ Run. A Depar tment of Douglas County, Oregon.


We Invite You To Visit Harlem, Georgia! H

arlem, Georgia, founded in 1870, is a charming small city about half an hour west of Augusta, Georgia. In Harlem, you will experience precious small-town life and abundant southern hospitality. Harlem is the birthplace of comedic pioneer Oliver Hardy. Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel paved a path for comedians with their historic careers, which bridged the gap between the silent era short films into “talkies” or sound films culminating in full-length features. The city celebrates Oliver’s comedic legacy throughout its quaint downtown. You will find a fun Laurel and Hardy mural beside the railroad tracks, the historic water tower is crested with Oliver’s jolly smile, and inside the Harlem Museum and Welcome Center located in the historic Columbia Theater, you will discover The Laurel and Hardy Museum of Harlem, GA. The latter is the only museum dedicated to the careers of Laurel and Hardy in The United States. Each year on the first Saturday in October, Harlem hosts tens of thousands of guests at the Oliver Hardy Festival dedicated to celebrating the heart of creativity of the dynamic duo by inviting craft vendors, entertainers, look-alikes, and more. The museum also contains a deep dive into the rich history of Harlem, Georgia. Discover why the city was developed, how it was named, how the city became a


summer haven for surrounding cities, and how Harlem pioneered entertainment and innovation for Columbia County. As the first city in the county, Harlem had a significant impact on the local area and the State of Georgia. Let the museum take you on a journey through both time and entertainment. In Harlem, you can enjoy an afternoon filled with shopping downtown, feasting on superb cuisine in one of the local eateries, treating yourself to some yummy ice cream at our local ice cream parlor, or even appreciate a walk through the town to experience the beauty of an eclectic blend of historic architecture. Of course, you are also encouraged to stay the evening at Columbia County’s only bed and breakfast, The Red Oak Manor. Harlem is ripe with activity as the city, the Harlem Merchants Association, and others routinely host fun-filled, family events throughout the town. So many of Harlem’s three thousand plus residents are young families, growing and nurturing the small-town with class and southern charm, making Harlem an extraordinary and welcoming place. Add us to your itinerary for any trip through Georgia and the South to get an authentic taste of both the past and present of a vibrant, growing, small southern city.



Comfortable Ephrata Hotel to your favorite band, why not stay in luxury at the same time?


ust minutes away from our recently renovated and comfortable Ephrata hotel, guests come from around the world to explore the beauty of Grant County. Others come here for the fantastic concerts at The Gorge Amphitheatre, one of America’s premier outdoor concert venues. Whether you prefer recreation in the great outdoors or relaxing and listening

Rama Inn Located in the heart of the Columbia Basin

Fly Fishing Indoor Pool Spa and Sauna Deluxe Free Breakfast Free WiFi in Every Room Recently Renovated Free Truck & Boat Parking

Call Today! Ask for ‘Special Fishing Rate’!

1818 Basin St. S.W., Ephrata, Off I-90 On Hwy 28


509.754.7111 | 800-WESTERN | 509-754-7171 FAX



Enjoy clean, comfortable spacious rooms and luxury bedding at our property. Our heated, indoor pool is a haven after a long day of sunbathing or adventure. Come for the water recreation and incredible hiking trails along the Columbia River Gorge. Fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation are a way of life near our hotel.

In 2012, Best Western became the first hotel brand to set a high level of cleanliness with the rollout of the successful “I Care Clean” program. At the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic, we were among the first in the industry to rollout new standards and best practices to enhance our cleaning protocol. For the past seventeen years, Thonna BodiMilligan–General Manager, has been working hard to insure that the staff is consistently courteous and accommodating. At Ephrata BEST WESTERN, we know that our guests deserve the best while traveling that’s why yearly renovations continue keep the hotel up to date and being consistent on cleaning standards are a must! Join us at the Best Western Rama Inn of Ephrata, WA–“Because we care!”.


The Richard Allen Cultural Center & Museum


he Richard Allen Cultural Center & Museum is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization.

The Museum opened there doors on July 19, 1992 in the home of Capt.William D. Bly Buffalo Soldier ( Horse Cavalry World War I). We welcome you to stop by and view

Home of the Female Buffalo Soldier Richard Allen Cultural Center & Museum 412 Kiowa Street Leavenworth, Kansas 66048 913-682-8772: Call to Schedule




The memorab ilia from General Colin Powell and his four star uniforms, freedom papers from former slaves, photographs, items from the old Bethel A.M.E. Church, and a stop on the Underground Railroad. The Richard Allen Cultural Center and Museum shares the rich history of African Americans and their contributions to American history. Richard Allen Cultural Center & Museum, in Leavenworth KS serves as the home for the Cathay Williams Monument ( A.K.A. William Cathey). First AfricanAmerican female to serve during World War II along with the Buffalo Soldiers as a Laundries and Cook.



Explore Nature’s Gem at Talking Rocks Cavern!


ubmerse yourself in a subterranean wonderland at Talking Rocks Cavern! Experience this unique vertical cavern from concrete walkways as knowledgeable cave guides share about the rich history and interesting geology. Se orld class living crystal

cave formations up close when you take an hour long guided, walking tour. View the awe-inspiring Cathedral, a flowstone and drapery mineral deposit that is 90 feet tall and 50 feet in diameter! Explore the nearly 4,000 square foot Rock and Gift Shop which offers one-of-akind rocks, fossils, minerals, and gemstones from around the world! Check out amethyst, citrine and iron pyrite in a variety of shapes and sizes. Discover gemstone jewelry, stately onyx chessboards, and a wide variety of colorful gemstone trees. Break your own geode to discover the stunning




crystals found within! Plan time to enjoy the numerous above-ground activities! Pan for gemstones at our sluice operation and keep all the gems you find. Putt a round or two of Cave Country Mini-Golf on our mostly shaded miniature golf course. Take a hike on the nature trail to the lookout tower, conquer the indoor and outdoor SpeleoBox crawl mazes, and enjoy a snack at one of the shaded picnic areas. Bring the kids (or grandkids!) and let them explore the Kid’s Play Area and the newly expanded Family Games Area. View amazing wonders in the NEW Fluorescent Mineral and Blacklight Room. Located in Branson West , Missouri, Talking Rocks Cavern has unique adventures the whole family will love! Open year round, with cave tours departing frequently throughout the day. The cavern is a constant temperature of 63 degrees, which makes this the ideal attraction to visit any season of the year! Come enjoy the Back-to-Nature side of Branson at Talking Rocks Cavern! Visit our website www. TalkingRocksCavern.com or call 417-272-3366 for more information!




Leadville Railroad


History Of The Train

riginating in “the highest incorporated city in North America,” the LC&S takes passengers along the old Denver, South Park & Pacific and Colorado & Southern lines to the Continental Divide. But, as the old adage states, “It’s not the destination, but the journey that’s important.” This journey is full of breathtaking panoramas across the Arkansas River Valley and humorous narratives about Leadville’s colorful past. Mining and railroading were a large part of the local history, and today’s passengers will find it easy to step back in time on the

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Leadville, Colorado & Southern. So, just sit back and enjoy a trip through our website, then join us this summer to live the REAL life... ride the train! Adventure, relaxation and sightseeing cannot be topped when riding in the Rocky Mountains on board the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad. This 2 and ½ hour adventure through the untamed wilderness of the San Isabel National Forest is not to be forgotten. Family and friends of all ages have a chance to engage in learning about the historic Leadville, Colorado home to legends like Molly Brown and Horace, Augusta and Baby Doe Tabor, Guggenheims and at one time Doc Holiday. The Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad travels north along the Arkansas River Valley, it raises up 1,000 feet off the valley floor so that you will have some spectacular views of Freemont Pass and the two tallest peaks in Colorado, Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert. Also, take time to hear about the fascinating history of the railroads, ghost stories and tales of the wild from the conductor on board the trip. Other highlights include a chance to meet the engineer, take a tour of the caboose and engine. If you come in July and August warm weather exceeds expectations at 75°, it is not surprising to find snow through June and in late September. Although cool, the fall colors are not to be missed with amazing displays of gold, red and orange Aspen trees lighting up the mountain side. Bring a picnic lunch and eat on the train if you wish, but be sure to not forget your cameras and jackets.


Colossal Cave


olossal Cave Mountain Park is open daily from 8am-4pm! Come join us for a classic cave tour from 10am-3pm, or spend a night under the stars at our campground. Our Cafe and


Gift Shop is open from 10am-3pm and has grab-n-go food options as well. For cave tours, make sure to make an online reservation. Hope to see you soon!





DINNING Pickle’s Place Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Daily Specials For Great Food and Friendly Service

Space Age Lodge

Winter Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Summer Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

401 E. Pima, Gila Bend, AZ 85337 928.683.2273 | 866.683.7722

Restaurant & Gift Shop • Pool • Spa • Fridge Hi-Speed Internet • Coffee Maker • Pets Welcome

(208) 527-9944

1.800.780.7234 BestWestern.com/spaceagelodge

Each Best Western branded hotel is independently owned and operated. ©2019 Best Western Hotels & Resorts. All rights reserved.

440 South Front Street Arco, Idaho

Bridgeway Inn & Suites



2323 N.E. 181st Ave. Gresham, OR 97015

(503) 492-4000

Contl. Breakfast • Hi-Speed Internet Indoor Pool & Spa • Exercise Room Guest Laundry • Business Center


Candlewood Suites Cheyenne

2335 Tura Pkwy., Cheyenne, Wy 82001 1-307-634-6622 • www.candlewoodsuites.com Fitness Room • Board Room • WiFi • Cable/ Satellite • Free Laundry • Full Size Kitchens Queen Beds • Pets w/Deposit • Non-Smoking


Muleshoe Outfitters LLC & Kendall Valley Lodge Year-round Lodge & Guest Ranch

(307) 367-2223 Full time outfitters. We provide quality hunts. Hunters come as clients and leave as friends. (888) 803-7316 muleshoe@wbaccess.net


Timber Inn You will LOVE our Log Inn!

The Best Burgers in the Northwest Steaks • Timber Burgers • Summer BBQ’s Festive Lodging • Horseshoes

Pierce, ID – 208-464-2736

SIOUX FALLS/ 41ST STREET 4100 W. 41st St. Sioux Falls, SD

(605) 361-9719




Territorial Inn & Suites

415 S. Bloomfield Blvd. Bloomfield, NM 87413 | 505.632.9100 Indoor Pool & Hot Tub Exercise & Meeting Room • Hot Breakfast

1.800.780.7234 | BestWestern.com Each Best Western® branded hotel is independently owned and operated. ©2016 Best Western Hotels & Resorts. All rights reserved.

COMMUNITY Eastland Chamber of Commerce Come check out our events in Downtown Eastland around the Courthouse Square

Rip’s Ribs Cookoff – Sat., April 9th, 2022 Old Fashion 4th of July – Mon., July 4th, 2022 RipFest – Sat., October, 15th, 2022 209 West Main St., Eastland, TX 76448 (254) 629-2332 www.eastlandchamber.com


The Museum In The Heart Of The Gorge

Experience 15,000 years of natural and cultural history

(800) 991-2338

Wedding & Event Rentals

990 S. W. Rock Creek Dr. • Stevenson, WA 98648

www.columbiagorge.org www.facebook.com/shewatches

(Printing sponsored in part by: City of Stevenson and Skamania County lodging taxes.)

The Branding Iron 61311 US Highway 97 (Highways 97 & 22) Toppenish, WA

(509) 865-5440 Open 24 Hrs

Mexican/American Food Lounge



St. Ignatius Jesuit Mission Historic Site 58 Frescos – Museum Open Daily 9-5 St. Ignatius, MT

(406) 745-2768

“At the Center of the Nation” A western museum that’s family-friendly and free!

Summer hours 9 to 5 Mon-Sat & 1-4 Sun 415 Fifth Ave., Belle Fourche, SD



RV PARK / RESORT Lee Acres RV Park

Pull-thrus & Back-ins • $25.00 Nightly Weekly/Monthly Rates Available • Full Hookups Next Door To Sun Ray Park & Casino and McGee Park

63 CR 5500, Farmington, NM

(505) 320-3014

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Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame:


The Home of “Hobbspitality”

id you know that Lea County is home to more Rodeo Champions than any other county in the United States? Visit the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, located on the campus of New Mexico Junior College, where permanent exhibits range from the history of Southeastern New Mexico (there’s more than you think!) to the pioneers, ranchers, and rodeo champs who have put Lea County on the map in the Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame. Check out the artifacts on display, or be one of the first to delve deeper into our collections with our new touchscreen technology. “There’s so much history here, and the population has such pride in their heritage, that it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement,” says Erin Anderson, Executive Director.

Not only can you learn about the history of the area with the permanent exhibits, but you can always find something new in the traveling exhibits galler y. “ We

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pride ourselves on providing a unique, educational experience for all ages,” continues Anderson. “For example, a few years back we brought in Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, which was HUGE for our area. Not only was that our most successful exhibit to-date, but it also made other museums in New Mexico look at us and say ‘If HOBBS can do it, then we can too!’ How cool is that?” More recently, the Museum has hosted exhibits about Rodin, National Geographic, dinosaurs, Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear, and so much more. “You do not want to miss what we have coming up,” explains Anderson. February 1-June 5, 2022, explore the steampunk phenomena with Discover Steampunk : A Fantastical Hands-On Adventure, a creation of Imagine Exhibitions, I n c . , u t i l i z i n g B r u c e R o s e n b a u m ’s sculptures in educational partnership with The Franklin Institute. Steampunk is a movement and an aesthetic inspired by the Victorian ideals of industry and steam power. Often featuring retro-futuristic inventions, it has become a form of artistic expression and an educational tool that teaches ingenuity, collaboration, and selfreliance. The exhibition takes visitors on a re-imagined journey, where they can learn about the convergence of Science, Art, Technology, and History. The rest of 2022 is filled with several www.RitzHospitalityMag.com

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different art exhibits including a selection of art from the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville, TX. Check out our website (www.nmjc.edu/museum) or follow us on Facebook for up-to-date information. We are eager to see our patrons again and share our love of learning. We hope to see you soon!

Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame “Where oil, water and cowboys DO mix!”

Adults $5, Children & Seniors $3, 3 & Under FREE Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm 1 Thunderbird Circle, Sunday 1pm-5pm Hobbs, NM 88240 All Veterans & Active Duty are FREE



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The 10th Annual Dino Shindig By Sabre Moore


his year, the Carter County Museum is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Annual Dino Shindig on July 23-24, 2022. Started in 2013, as a celebration of the paleontological discoveries of southeastern Montana, this event went on to win the Montana Office of Tourism’s Event of the Year award in 2017. Each year at the end of July, paleontologists from all over the world journey to Ekalaka, Montana to share cutting-edge research in a public forum, augmented by dinosaur-based kids activities, new exhibits at the Carter County Museum, a robotic t. rex jaw demonstration, a street dance and more.

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July 23 & 24

Named Montana’s Event of the Year by the Office of Tourism and Business Development


Featuring lectures from leading paleontologists, fun kids activities, a street dance, and bat walk!

July 23rd 9am-5pm $5 Children $7 Adults

• ZooMontana booth with live animals • Paleo art demonstrations • Robotic T. rex! • Fossil prep and digitization

July 24th 10am-2pm

There will be a total of 12 speakers at the event on July 23, including Dr. Jingmai O’Connor (Chicago Field Museum), Dr. John Scannella (Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman Mont.), Dr. Lydia Tackett (North Dakota State University), and Dr. Greg Wilson-Mantilla (Burke Museum, Seattle Wash.). ZooMontana will have a booth with live animals on the museum lawn, and there will be demonstrations of taxidermy, paleoart, fossil preparation, and 3-D scanning. Kids activities include crafts, face painting, dinosaur golf, and more! Admission to the July 23 events is $7 for adults and $5 for kids. After sunset, participants can join in a street dance in front of the Dawghouse Pub and a Bat Walk around town, put on by Montana Fish & Game. On July 24, the Carter County Museum and Montana State Parks will co host picnic presentations at Medicine Rocks State Park. Pack a lunch and join us as we learn from Dr. Tim Urbaniak (Billings, Mont.) about the historic inscriptions in the park, and discover Pleistocene mammals with a team from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (Seattle, Wash.). Festivities will close with a nature hike through the park. Events at Medicine Rocks State Park are free and open to the public. A full speaker list will be released in July on cartercountymuseum.org. Please follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for further information.

Free Event

• Talks & nature hike at Medicine Rocks State Park cartercountymuseum.org




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