Jan 092016

Come to Arizona, they said. It’s the sunbelt, they said. It’s nice and warm in the winter, they said. They lied.

Here in Tucson we had more rain Thursday night, and again off and on most of yesterday. And it was still darned cold. Here is a picture a blog reader sent me of the snow in the foothills near here yesterday. I’d rather see palm trees and beaches.

Snow saguaro

We are always on the lookout for interesting museums to share with our readers and the other day we visited a really neat one called the Museum of the Horse Soldier at Trail Dust Town, here in Tucson.

Museum outside

The museum is the brainchild of director Rae Whitley, a very nice man who is a walking, talking history encyclopedia, especially military history. Since we are history nuts ourselves, the three of us really hit it off.

Most of us think of the Cavalry attacking enemy positions in the Civil War or battling Indians on the Great Plains when we think about the role that equines played in the military. But in reality, horses and mules were used from the American Revolution all the way up until World War II, when the last American Cavalry charge was made in the Philippines in 1942.

Horse small

The museum has an impressive collection of saddles, military uniforms and equipment, weapons, and the only Civil War flag in the State of Arizona, which bears bloodstains from the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Rae even hauled out a .45-70 Trapdoor Springfield carbine and a couple of Civil War sabers and allowed us to check them out. This one was as long as Miss Terry is tall! You can bet that if I bought her one of these she’d figure out how to peel potatoes or something to put it to use.

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I don’t ride horses, or anything you can’t put gas in, but that’s no problem. This Cowboy Cadillac was parked outside the museum. Hmmm… I wonder if Blue Ox makes a tow bar and base plate for a car like this.

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The Museum of the Horse Soldier is located at 6541 East Tanque Verde Road and is well worth a visit if you’re anywhere near Tucson. Look for a feature story on the museum in the next issue of the Gypsy Journal.

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  3 Responses to “Rain, Snow, And Horse Soldiers”

  1. Nick, concerning the weather, when did you say you are leaving AZ? We’re in Casa Grande and would really like to see sunshine again. LOL

  2. Nick,
    I love to read your blog but I believe you have made one spelling error in this one. There is a difference between cavalry and Calvary. One is about horses, the oth r is a hill for three crosses in ancient Israel. Check it out.

    Tom dickinson

  3. Thanks Tom. I hate auto-correct.

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