Get ready to look at the year 1892!
With homes, trades, and businesses decked out to show what life was like in the 1890s, Railroad Town is an experience like no other. Living historians dressed in the styles of days gone by will interact with you as you take a self-guided tour through the town and will have a variety of hands-on experiences for you to try out. Check out our list of daily activities below and have fun exploring!
Railroad Town’s businesses and tradesmen and women keep busy every day, whether they are working on making horseshoes, tin cups, or hats for the ladies. The Silver Dollar is a great stop for a treat, and the Mercantile is stocked with supplies for purchase to commemorate your visit.
The historical interpreters in Railroad Town keep busy on a daily basis. In fact, you may have heard this poem for keeping house:
Wash on Monday,
Iron on Tuesday,
Mend on Wednesday,
Market on Thursday,
Clean on Friday,
Bake on Saturday,
Rest on Sunday
Just like today’s housekeepers, people would read magazines and pass on tips through word of mouth, making this schedule, or one similar, the way that most divided up the week’s work. Now, keep in mind that the weather or other factors might alter our weekly schedule on occasion, just as it would have in the past, but we’ll do our best to keep on track! We’ll also have some special hands-on activities available on days that our work otherwise is done.
No town was long without a newspaper. It was absolutely essential, for how else would the outside world hear about the town if there were not a local newspaper? As the news hub of Railroad Town, the Platte Valley Independent has an important job. This was a real newspaper that began in 1869 in North Platte, Nebraska, and moved to Grand Island in 1870. This particular newspaper office was the forerunner of today’s Grand Island Daily Independent. Be sure to stop by the Independent office when you’re visiting Railroad Town to report any news of the day, or to pick up your copy of the weekly newspaper for 10¢. These newspapers contain actual stories from 1892 that ran in both local and national newspapers, along with some additional Railroad Town news. If you can’t make it in person, you can also click the links below to read the newspaper online.
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