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      by Published on 06-28-2014 02:36 PM

      If you ever doubted for a moment that we live in a beautiful country, pick up a copy of Access For All: Touring the Southwest with Limited Mobility, the new book by Boulder City residents Deborah Wall and Dennis Boulton.

      Illustrated with gorgeous photos they took of many destinations, the book is very useful to those with special needs and, in fact, everyone. The authors include maps with accessible sites in Nevada, California, Utah and Arizona. For each location they note the best time of year to visit, ...
      by Published on 06-28-2014 12:35 AM

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      Santa Fe has a population of only about 69,000, but it's a hive of activity. Within an area of a few blocks, you can admire treasures of art, architecture, cultural heritage and culinary skill. Long a haven for artists, the city boasts dozens of galleries with works of art for viewing and for sale. Native American artisans sell their jewelry in the plaza by the Palace Of Governors. As the nation's oldest state capital, Santa Fe features landmark buildings including the oldest residence in America and some of the oldest churches. One of these is the San Miguel Mission, in which you can ring a bell that was cast in Europe in the Fourteenth Century. There is easy access to the capitol complex even when the legislature is in session, and the corridors are lined with intriguing works of contemporary art. When you work up an appetite, there are plenty of fine restaurants around. Just be aware that it may be difficult to browse in the many fascinating shops without being tempted to buy something. So pack and budget accordingly. ...
      by Published on 06-26-2014 12:32 AM

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      Missouri has many enticing caverns, but Bluff Dwellers is particularly worth touring because of its rich archaeological significance. The Bluff Dwellers who used the cave for shelter 12,000 years ago left many artifacts which are displayed at the cave's entrance and in the adjoining museum. These include weapons and tools and even a couple of skulls. There is also an exhibit of more recent history, from the life and times of Arthur Browning, who discovered the cave on his property in 1925, and whose family still owns it. The tours of the cave, lasting 45 minutes to an hour, are fun, informative, and not particularly strenuous. The guides are cordial and entertaining, to ensure that your visit is a memorable one. ...
      by Published on 06-24-2014 12:11 AM

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      Located in Schefferdecker Park next to a water park and a golf course, the Joplin Museum Complex features 5 intriguing little museums under one roof for one very modest admission charge. The Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral Museum pays tribute to Joplin's history as a zinc and lead mining town. The other museums are The Joplin Sports Authority Sports Hall Of Fame, The Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum, The Empire District Electric Company Museum and The National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum. How's that for variety? You also might get a kick our of the 'graveyard' of mining equipment and other machinery outside the museum complex. ...
      by Published on 06-22-2014 12:11 AM

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      When people talk about Wendover, chances are they really mean West Wendover. The twin towns sit on the border of Utah and Nevada, and it is West Wendover that has become a high-profile tourist draw with several top-notch hotel casino properties. But don't overlook the Historic Wendover Airfield with its collection of vintage aircraft. You may recognize the surrounding terrain from its use in several Hollywood films, including the blockbuster Independence Day. The West Wendover Welcome Center has more information about the films that have used the community as a shooting location. ...
      by Published on 06-20-2014 12:54 AM

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      More than a single museum, the Museum Of Western Colorado features several museums at different locations. The Museum Of The West, located at 462 Ute Avenue in Grand Junction, details 1000 years of history, including the days of the Wild West. The Cross Orchards Historic Site, at 3073 F Road in Grand Junction, is a living history center where interpreters help recreate the life of fruit growers here a century ago. The Dinosaur Journey Museum, at 550 Jurassic Court in in Fruita, features fossils and other exhibits related to paleontology. The MWC also offers expeditions to view dinosaur fossils onsite and even to help dig them up. Some of these excursions include an option to indulge in rafting along the way. ...
      by Published on 06-18-2014 12:15 AM

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      A descendant of Pocahontas, Martha Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Edith Bolling was born in this house in 1872. The daughter of a judge and then a businesswoman, she became one of the most influential of first ladies when she married president Woodrow Wilson. She is sometimes called The Silent President or The First Woman President because she was discreetly instrumental in helping the president perform his duties after his stroke. This modest museum showcases some of her effects, as well as photographs and documents, and its cordial staff will fill you in on some fascinating tidbits of local history. At present time, the museum comprises only a portion of the first floor, but plans are underway to restore the entire two-story building. ...
      by Published on 06-16-2014 12:11 AM

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      Recently ranked one of the nation's top ten thoroughbred tracks, Oaklawn Park is home of the Arkansas Derby, one of the major prep races for the Kentucky Derby. It has been offering top quality live racing for over a century, and in more recent times has also added simulcast wagering, slot machines and poker tables. ...
      by Published on 06-13-2014 12:07 AM

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      Although officially called the Wal-Mart Visitor Center, this quaint facility is a tribute to the main street entrepreneurship and rags-to-riches struggle that launched it all. Facing the town square, this site of Sam Walton's original 5 and 10 store still maintains its down-home facade on the outside and even its down-home feel on the inside. Most of the facility houses a museum chronicling Walton's extraordinary life and career, and features his beloved 1979 red Ford pickup, and his actual office, relocated from headquarters after his death, A recent addition, in the front of the building, is a miniature shop full of the fun and kitschy items such as a 5 and 10 of the early days might have sold. ...
      by Published on 06-11-2014 04:02 PM

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      A newcomer among storytelling festivals, the Cache Valley Storytelling Festival nonetheless has a great deal of variety and promise. With performances by accomplished storytellers, opportunities for amateurs to get in on the act, workshops, a session of Yawn Yarns for the kiddies and a Fright Night for the more daring, the festival has something to offer for every age and taste. ...

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