Don’t make an appointment at your optometrist, you read it correctly, this is the story of the little DOG on the prairie. Infact, this is the story of little Emma dog on the prairie. We are celebrating National Walk Your Dog week with our #DogWalkingWeek challenge and giveaway. My aim is to show my readers that walks don’t have to be boring and mundane. There are always fun places to go to and walk around.
These days, Mom is on the hunt for fields where she can practice tracking with Bailie which brought her to the the Dakota County Fairgrounds. On her way through the fairgrounds to the fields, she saw a couple old buildings and thought I might like to do some photos there. We went back on a different day, just Mom and I, and found not just a couple old buildings, but Dakota City – an entire old town! Many of the buildings in this town have been moved from their original locations to Dakota City and are really old!
Mom says we always need to be ready for anything, and it is a good thing as the quick photo shoot turned into over an hour of walking around and taking photos. It was so much fun, and good sniffing too. Most of our walks are real power walks, but sometimes it is fun to just have a leisurely walk with lots of stops. Both types of walking are great because you are outdoors and you are moving. To get into my prairie character role, I started by taking center stage at the town bandstand. Sadly, there was no audience.
We headed over to check out the old one room schoolhouse first. Our rule is always work before play, so I better get my learning done first. This schoolhouse was built in Eureka Township in 1902, replacing an 1892 schoolhouse that was struck by lightening. Kids actually attended this school until 1945!
The Drug Store was rather desolate! We didn’t go inside, but they have items in there that date back to the early 1800’s! Many of the things in the store come from other vintage drug stores that existed around Dakota County.
My little sis Bailie is a dog that enjoys trouble and mischief. I thought it might be a good idea to get used to waiting for her to be released from jail and this bench was the perfect spot. This is the Randolph jail which was built in 1904 for just $560. The “lockup” was built with 13 inch thick bricks, the wooden walls were covered in tin to prevent arson, and it has just two jail cells.
In case I decide to get into politics someday, I stopped at the Village Hall which was built in 1869 and was used as the Village Hall in Trier for 110 years. This is a shot of me getting ready to howl out my GBGV agenda to the citizens of Dakota City.
Every town on the prairie needs a nice safe bank. I sat out front, guarding the bank from any criminal types. The Vermillion Bank was built in 1917 for $2,500 with an all brick exterior and a pressed tin alloy interior all of which add up to a total weight of 150 tons! The bank opened on August 10, 1918 and actually remained in business until 1975.
These are just a few of the fun photos we took. There were way too many to share. I had to take a rest on this cart at the train station as it was really warm out and all the posing really tires a dog out! I sure hope this inspires you to get out to an interesting place in your area, walk around, take in the sights, take some photos, and maybe even learn some new things!
Celebrate National Walk Your Dog Week, #DogWalkingWeek with My GBGV Life (that’s me) and Cascadian Nomads. For all the furry details click here, or if you already know what you need to know, enter the blog hop below and fill out the widget to enter the giveaway! Just a reminder, you have until the 7th to enter this blog hop, but if you accept the challenge to walk every day, you must enter in the widget as well. Happy walking!