School House and Saddle Boxcar
The old wooden Western Boxcar holds a fantastic collection of saddles on loan from various ranches and people including the Bailey's Saddleland. The School House reminds us of the one-room school house era. In the early days, as Lincoln Co and surrounding areas were being homesteaded, one-room school houses dotted the landscape. Many were dismantled while others were repurposed.
Western Boxcar - This old wooden boxcar was built in 1890. It provides the perfect ambiance for the saddle display, with its wooden floor and rustic interior walls. Freight of all kinds was moved in box cars. Homesteaders could rent a box car to moved their belongs and livestock to their new communities. The men or boys would stay with the livestock while the rest of the family rode in a passenger or sleeper car. Did anyone of your ancestors come west this way? It was faster and easier than coming by wagon and driving livestock.
Saddle Collection - Did you know there were so many different kinds of saddles? Included here is only a small portion of the Bailey's saddle collection as well saddles on loan from other people. Each year, they come and clean the saddles and get the saddle car ready for the season.
The saddles on display represent the many saddle makers in Colorado and the West. Saddle making was a very import undertaking for a western society that frequently worked or traveled on the back of a horse.
School House - This is the Pioneer School House that originally was located 17 miles north of Genoa. It was built in 1894, but after school consolidations, was moved 8 miles south to the Arikaree School. In 1959, it ceased to be used by the school district.
In 1975, the Limon Education Foundation bought it for a Colorado Centennial project in what eventually became Railroad Park.
School Room - The interior of the school house looks an awful lot like a typical one-room school house. They were usually heated by a pot-belly stove. The teacher, or one of the older boys, was responsible for getting the stove going before school started.
Maps and other diagrams were hung on big rollers like window shades. Students sat in desks according to age and size, with the youngsters in front and the big kids in back. Books were shared and work was often done on slate instead of paper.