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Friday, October 19, 2007

North Platte

We spent a couple of hours at the Lincoln County Historical Museum here. Topping Sue's "to see" list was the replica of the WWII Canteen which met every troop train coming through North Platte. Over 6 million servicemen and women were greeted and served sandwiches, coffee, cookies, cakes and homemade goodies prepared by the volunteers.

The story of this incredible feat is recounted in Bob Greens's book Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen.

In addition to the canteen, the museum had "vignettes" of everything imaginable: kitchen, laundry, department store, music room, funeral parlor, photography studio, a huge salt and pepper shaker collection, hospital, post office, and a sewing room. Most of the items were from the 1940's. I was definitely born too late!

This tattered American flag from WWII was my favorite textile in the museum.

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