Here is a map of our route from Hart Ranch in Rapid City to Covered Wagon Campground in Abilene.
Without notice on the first travel day, we happened upon Carhenge, (think Stonehenge) an ingenious display of old cars, stacked and half buried in the dirt in the tiny town of Alliance, Nebraska. Evidently, the idea was conceived in 1987 buy a man in England to memorialize his father.
So on Tuesday morning we left Lexie and Ozzie at home in their play pen and drove the short two blocks from the campground to the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and boyhood home. To make the best use of our time, the ticket clerk suggested we go first to the Place of Meditation, where President Eisenhower, wife Mamie and first born son, Doud are buried.
|The President's grave is on the left, First Lady on the right. Four year old Doud is buried here too but it's not clear where.|
A bit of DDE trivia. At birth, he wad David Dwight Eisenhower, but somehow upon enrollment at West Point, his first and middle names were transposed and he forevermore became Dwight David.
From the Place of Meditation, we walked to the boyhood home. This is where the Eisenhowers lived from 1898 until mother Ida Eisenhower died in 1946.
|Concrete work is being done at the front of the house so tours were conducted through the back door, near where I'm standing in this picture.|
|The sitting room|
|The Eisenhower family Bible is on display in the house.|
|The original telephone was never changed.|
Highlights of the Eisenhower Museum for me were:
|Mamie's wedding gown and a display of wedding invitation, a pair of pearl earrings given her by Ike and a tiny piece of wedding cake contained in the small shield box.|
|Mamie's first inaugural gown|
|A personal card of Heinrich Himmler, Reichsfuhrer S.S. and personal stationary of Adlolf Hitler|
|Original watercolor by Adolf Hitler|
|The D-Day Planning Table|
|General Eisenhower's 1942 Cadillac Staff Car|
|After the War|
|Eisenhower accomplishments - Both extremely special for us in our retirement travel.|
|A built bullet-proof podium built for Ike by IBM|
|Ike's golf clubs along with a scorecard showing his play against proffessional golfer, Bobby Jones.|
We followed signs to the Lebold mansion, not knowing what we'd find. Turns out this property site is that of the first cabin in Abilene Overland and Butterfield Stage Line. The couple who lived in the cabin were the parents of the first white child to be born here. They also were responsible for naming the city of Abilene.
|Trains are everywhere in Abilene. I saw two depots. Wayne swears he saw a third.|