Monday, April 10, 2017

Busy weekend and museum visit

Unlike other weekends this weekend was crazy and busy. Saturday morning, it  was raining, so I decided not to go anywhere. However, in the afternoon the weather changed totally, and it became bright and sunny. So, we changed my mind, and decided to visit two parks, which kiddo was  supposed to visit as an assignment of a school project. Then, after running some errands we returned home around seven in the evening.

Las Trampas wilderness

 
Sunday was even busier than Saturday. We had already planned to finish kiddo’s assignment. So, first we went to Las Trampas wilderness. We didn’t have to spend much time there, as kiddo could do all the question-answer from the staging area. After finishing that assignment we went to the Danville museum.  
Danville museum was actually the Danville Depot during the active time of Southern-Pacific railroad. 


We reached there in the afternoon. One of the old age caboose is kept there in front of the depot turned museum. After the rail stopped functioning, the railway tracks was removed , and the path was created as hiking trail. Only the tracks are still there, where the caboose is kept. Now the caboose is serving as the restrooms of the museum.

 
The museum is small one. The museum has main exhibits of all the wars from World War I to Vietnam war. Also there are few exhibits about the prehistoric time, the Native americans lives, and the Spanish-Mexican times. 





The geography of the valley is complex. The valley, and the diablo mountain was once under the ocean. It was once scared place the Indian, and a landmark to the early Europeans  entering to the bay. 


For thousands of years the Indians lived in this places in the watersheds. They were Tatcans, a Bay Miwok speaking people. Their lives and rituals, and cultures changed gradually over the years. Every tribes had their own distinct cultures and rituals. They usually did hunting, finishing for their day to day life. 


The first westerners came here in 1772. The lives of the Indians changed forever , as the Spanish stepped into valley. 
Apart from the little history of the valley, and the documents related to the wars, others things are kept is the information about the Southern-Pacific railroads. The museum is very helpful for the little ones who wants learn about the past and present the valley.

Life size model inside the caboose


9 comments:

  1. Museum are interesting places.
    We had a telephone same as that black one, also a typewriter - that is showing my age :)

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  2. It was buay weekend but educational too

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  3. Pretty cool for a small museum. Loved the photos, Krishna!!

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  4. It is so important to make History---alive. History isn't a series of events in books, it isn't battles and Kings. It's about real people doing everyday things and once in awhile, something extraordinary. Wonderful post to remind us of who we are and what we came from. Thanks, Sandi

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  5. I hope all of the parents of your son's schoolmates are able to take them to all these places. I'm surprised that the teacher would assign homework like that.

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  6. Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :)

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  7. I love museums! We have many items that you featured in our antique store. We also have a bike trail near us that once was a railroad. Glad your son was able to finish his assignment. Janice

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  8. Museums are interesting and educational for the young people. I can relate to the old typewriter and phone. We used them in the office until they were later replaced with newer models.

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  9. Very interesting place, I like the photos:)
    kisses:*

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