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Childrens Transportation Museum

Before the invention of the cars and planes we see today, traveling long ago was difficult. It often took days, weeks, or sometimes months to get where you wanted to go. Every mode of transportation had its benefits and problems that travelers encountered on their journeys.

 

In this gallery, we explore how people traveled between Yankton and Sioux City, a journey of about 70 miles, during the 1800s and early 1900s. Here you will learn about different types of transportation during this time. 

 

Think about how you travel today. How many miles a day do you travel? How far away is your soccer practice from home? Could you walk to school every day? What do you take with you on a road trip?  

 

This experience will leave you asking… 

                                   Are we there yet?

Throughout the museum, kids of all ages can climb in and experience what it was like for each mode of transportation.

                     Before you start your journey you will want

                     to first stop in our Kid's Closet. Here you

                     will find period clothing that kids can

                     welcome to wear while they visit the

                     museum. 

                     Our next stop is the Mackinaw Boat.

                     These boats were used by the fur traders to

                     navigate down river. The boat in our

                     museum was originally part of the

                     American River's Corps of Discovery

                     Exhibit that traveled the country. 

                    Next on your journey is the covered

                    wagon. Here you can climb inside, see

                    what it was like to prepare a meal over

                    an open flame, and hear the sounds of

                    hooves on the prairie. Our covered

                    wagon is actually a wagon constructed of

                    many wagons from the late 1800s. In the

                    1960s, for the Centennial, the wagon was

                    constructed. In 2017-2018, participants

                    from the Yankton Federal Prison Camp's

                    Community Service Program (CSP),

                    worked hard to rehabilitate the wagon for this museum. 

Next up is the WNAX Gas Station and Model TT. Climb inside and "hit the road." The exhibit features an exterior replica of the Fair Price Gas Station that still stands in downtown Yankton. The truck was acquired from David and Bubbles Mensch of Menno. Our CSP did a great job rehabilitating this vintage mode of travel. Big thanks to Stan Hoffart for his design and help with the gas station.

Coming soon to the exhibit is the Steam Engine and airplane cockpit. These pieces of the museum will be on exhibit in the coming weeks. 

Our Exhibit Design team has worked hard to make the Children's Transportation Museum a must-see experience at the Dakota Territorial Museum.  There is something for kids of all ages (yes even adults) to enjoy. Members of the team are: Crystal Nelson, Joan Neubaurer, Stan Hoffart, Bill Nelson, Jane Bobzin, and Carol Ryan.

Thank you them for everything they have done. Also THANK YOU  to Cheryl Halsey for painting the beautiful mural in the background, to Dave Fickbohm for getting us set up with sounds, the Yankton Model Train Association for their help with the steam engine, and everyone else that had a hand in the museum.