Monday, May 27, 2013

Churchill County Museum - Fallon, Nevada

Ms. Paulie Alles & Cindy Loper

The Friends of Fallon Public Library have a store on the corner on the other side of the empty lot next door to the main facility. It's the best find since The Archives in La Grande, Oregon. Ed Williams was presiding when I arrived and generously offered anecdotes and info about the town. Throughout, he encouraged me to visit the Churchill County Museum just down the street. So I did.

Inside are some of the finest collections I've ever seen...and that includes the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago & the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

The Native American artifacts are amazing! And after living in the SW for over 30 years I know amazing when I see it.

Be sure and ask about the vehicles display. It's in a separate building without signage, but easily accessible. Not pictured here are the 1908 Oldsmobile, an early model T and more.

Most of all I enjoyed talking with Ms. Paulie Alles and Museum Assistant Ms. Cindy Loper. These two women (Top photo - Ms. Alles in red.) comprise an incomparable team that gave me to feel like a valued customer.

Ms. Alles kindly signed her extraordinary photographs/notecards of Slot Canyon and Fly Geyser. I wasn't familiar with Fly Geyser, but have seen many images of Slot Canyon. And Ms. Alles' are the best! (Ms. Alles drove semis over-the road before "retiring." She and her husband now travel the west showing their vintage trucks. She also runs an RV rental business catering to Burning Man attendees. I was told by a waitress she volunteers at several of the local senior centers.)  Please give them my regards.

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