3 Necessities for Settlement of the Plains
Corner Display Case
A display of a typical country store and post office takes you back to about 1920. The post office is from the old Shields post office and the store counter came from the Herndon store in Amy. The store has an old telephone and shows how many of the supplies were sold in those days. Pickle barrels, cracker tins, fabric, staple supplies and many other items sit upon the counter as well as line the back shelves.
Opposite the country store is the Harness Shop. Horses were very popular then as a means of pulling transportation and also as a work animal. This shop shows some of the articles which might have been found and used in a harness shop.
This ladies clothing store is based on a store that was originally located on the corner of Main and Long Streets, in the early 1900’s. A nice assortment of goods displays the fashions of the time. The original store owners were the Uppendahls.
North Wall Display
As you leave the dress shop, you will notice a street scene on the north wall. This scene depicts the Main Street of Dighton in the early 1920’s.
Do you recognize the models of the automobiles?
Another attraction on the north wall is a United States flag with 44 stars representing the first 44 states. This flag was owned by H. B. Niles of Dighton.
The interior of this exhibit was copied from pictures of two early Lane County cafes. The light fixture, ash tray, small oval dish, and menu came from the original Neeley Café. Notice the price of steak in 1931 - $.40.
The theatre marquee displays advertising copies of actual movies shown there. The first movie theatre opened in 1929.
The chair in the shop is an old dentist chair from Dr. Ryan’s office which was housed in the floor above. The marble slab is from the Old Exchange State Bank of 1923, which is now the city building. The barber shop’s tin ceiling came from an early Healy building which was later destroyed by fire.
The hardware store was built in 1886 as VanKuren’s Hardware. It later housed a John Deere implement dealership from 1935-42, a bowling alley in the 1940’s, a grocery store, a clothing store, a pool hall and a bakery before it was destroyed. Talk about a VARIETY of businesses!
The wall boards in the hardware store exhibit came from the old Sutton church which was destroyed in 1985.
Horse Drawn Buggy
As you turn toward the east wall, you will be greeted by a horse drawn top buggy which dates to 1900. It was owned by Thomas J. Hahn and was purchased at Holton’s Hardware Store.
The family of Roy Atterberry wanted to do a memorial for him so they had the buggy restored in honor of him.
On the east wall of the permanent display room is a typical one room school. Materials for the school house exhibit came from various Lane County locations. The facer board on the front of the building came from an old barn. The lap siding for both the school and the home were salvaged from the John McLeish farm dating to 1886. The wainscot and the slate board in the school house came from the Enterprise School, dating 1951. The flooring for the school is from an early home dating 1920.
The replica of the house exhibit was copied from a picture of an early Lane County residence, built by the N. R. Owens family. The porch was constructed from various pieces from early homes. The porch posts are from the Joe Dickenson place dating 1907. The fancy trim on the front came from the Dayton Schmalzried home, which is believed to be one of the oldest homes, as it was built in 1886. The base board came from a Lane County home that dates approximately 1950. Notice the carbide light which was used in the early 1900’s.
This sod dugout houses the Lane County Bachelor. Information concerning the sod dugout and the bachelor is available at the front desk. The Lane County Bachelor mannequin was done by Mike Burnett of Hollywood, California and adds a sense of realism to the display. A song about the bachelor can be heard by pushing the button.