For more information about Victorian high wheels in general —and ours in particular-- see our Cycling page.
For more on Wallace, see http://wallace-id.com
Museums in Wallace:
Northern Pacific Depot Railroad Museum
NPDRM on Facebook
Wallace District Mining Museum
WDMM on Facebook
Sierra Silver Mine
SSM on Facebook
The piece of equipment in the photo is an antique forge. The sign reads, "All early mines had a blacksmith's shop. The smith was responsible for the fabrication and repair of the equipment used in the mine. They made everything from candle spikes to ore cars."
It was cold that morning so I stole Gabriel's jacket. The jacket itself has a particularly interesting history related to mines. It was copied from an original antique. We bought the original from a man who explores abandoned mining camps (it didn't come from this particular mine, but it's still a fun connection). The seller had found this jacket when investigating a mine shaft that had caught on fire back in the late 19th-century. The jacket (along with whatever else was to hand at the time) had been shoved into the cracks around the door blocking the shaft in an attempt to smother the blaze. When the entrance to the mine later collapsed, the jacket was buried in an environment with virtually no oxygen - thus preserving it until it was found in the 21st century. Katherine Andrews studied the original, and made a copy of this unique garment for Gabriel to wear on a daily basis—except when I steal it! There are pictures of the original antique here: http://www.thisvictorianlife.com/everyday-clothes.html (The jacket pictures are about 2/3 of the way down the page, below the picture of Gabriel's swimming trunks and above the pictures of my hiking dress.)
The Pulaski Tunnel Trail
Pictures on the trail:
The Fires of 1910 and Ranger Pulaski: http://wildfiretoday.com/2010/08/20/100-years-ago-today-the-fires-of-1910-and-ranger-pulaski/
1910 Fires: US Forest Service: http://www.foresthistory.org/ASPNET/Policy/Fire/FamousFires/1910Fires.aspx
The Great Fire of 1910: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5444731.pdf