We usually know what we’re heading to see or do when we hit a new place. So, today was the ‘Colony’ in Palmer. We knew what it was and where but not how interesting it really turned out to be. It was the Great Depression in the 30’s and there were no jobs and, even on the farms things were tough. It was before we learned about rotating crops and letting land go fallow to replenish it and the upper Midwest, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin were devastated. The Roosevelt administration tried all sorts of programs to get people back to work and the economy working again. One of the programs was to relocate farmers to more fertile land and one place they did this was Palmer, Alaska, just a bit north of Anchorage. The land was fertile but there were few farmers to farm it.
Then they had 2 days to pack up and leave. They joined the others from their area and in 1935 took a train to California where they boarded a boat for Alaska.
What an unusual story and certainly new to me. We stopped in the Palmer Museum of Art and History with all of its displays. Very good.
But, we’re not done. There is Colony museum housed in an original Colony house and staffed by an original ‘Colony Kid.’ Of course she’s my age now but she lived in Palmer when it was a colony. Here are some pictures from the inside of the house. You people who are my age will recognize lots here from your homes or from your grandparents.