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Day 3 - Hill Spring, AB
Rocky Mountains
This is the view that greeted us this morning. These are the beautiful Canadian Rockies!
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We boarded the bus for a full day of sightseeing.
Remington Museum
Our first stop was the Remington Carriage Museum.

This is a statue of Don Remington who donated his carriage collection to Alberta with the stipulation that the museum be built in Cardston, AB.

The museum houses the largest collection of horse drawn vehicles in North America, with over 250 carriages, buggies, wagons and sleighs.

Our Caravan was split into two groups, with one viewing a movie while the other took a carriage ride.

Our group has boarded the carriage for our ride around the property.

We passed over a small river with a view of the Rockies in the background.

A statue of the famous race horse "Seabiscuit" with the carriage and the museum buildings in the background. The jockey was a home-town boy!

Joan Poppleton seems to be hitting it off with Pete, one of the horses.

This was a restoration example showing 1/2 of the original buggie and 1/2 after it was restored.

We then started on a guided tour of the museum

There were a number of rooms such as this, displaying various kinds of horse drawn vehicles.

The only powered buggy in the museum was called the "Manard Auto Buggy" was built by Windsor Carriage and Buggy Works of Windsor, Ontario circa 1908.

Here is an example of a "Buggy in a Box" sold through the Sears, Roebuck and Company Catalog for as little as $26.95 back in 1902.

We all chuckled at this...was it the first RV? However, it was actually a working wagon that was used in sheep and cattle drives. These wagons are still in use in some of the Western states today.

An elegant carriage called a "Park Drag" was a way for well-to-do individuals to show off their wealth. It was normally owner-driven. This one was built in 1895.

A "Yellowstone Wagon" was used to carry tourists around National Parks. This one was built in 1886.

Not all carriages could fit on the museum floor; rather than storing them where they could not be seen, the wagons and buggies are displayed in a two level showroom. This is just one of many aisles of vehicles.

This is the Restoration Room; since today was a Sunday only an interpreter was present. She did an excellent job of describing some of the work that goes on in that area by local craftsmen.

While in the Restoration Room, each of the ladies was given one of these 'engagement rings' called "Prairie Diamonds" which were made from horse shoe nails.
Our next stop was at the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre.


The view looking over the landscape from the entrance to the Centre.

We will be seeing the cliffs once used as a buffalo jump by the Aboriginal People who lived in this area over a period of 6,000 years. They organized the sophisticated communal buffalo hunt as a means of survival. This was at a time when there were 70 to 80 million buffalo roaming the plains of North America!


The main room has a depiction of the buffalo jump.

A stark reminder of what happened to the buffalo. All these skulls were some of those found at the site.

Our fascinating guide was from the local Blackfoot tribe and has lived in this area all of his life.

Here he is describing the plains buffalo that was predominant in this area.

These are the hills where the tribesmen drove the buffalo off the cliffs to their death below. The bodies were then carried a small distance and prepared. Every part of the buffalo was used for some purpose.

During the talk our guide also mentioned that in a period of 20 years in the late 1800's the buffalo population was decimated from millions to just over 1000 animals when they were hunted for sport. Fortunately there were some far-sighted people who saved the remaining animals. Today there are approximately 500,000 animals in North America.


This is a teepee made with real buffalo hides, built in the same fashion as teepees were in the past. The hides are very heavy and are tanned on both sides. About 20 buffalo hides were used for each teepee.

This was our last stop for the day.

Sunset day 3
What a beautiful way to end a wonderful day.

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