History alive at Rock Ledge
       I saw in the Pioneer your article about the Zebulon Pike day at the Rock Ledge Ranch [“Pike's last good day,” Nov. 22]. In every picture that you had for that day's event, you had me in them. I thought that was very neat.
       However, there was much more to the Zebulon Pike day than you mentioned. The reason I was there was because it is a historical site. I was also there because I could learn about Indians and Zebulon Pike. I learned…
  • that Indians cooked tongue because it was “smooth meat” to eat.
  • you have to have 90 grains of gunpowder in a flintlock gun to shoot a deer at 100 feet.
  • how to scrape hides.
  • that Indians had weird-looking chairs.
  • that a hide scraper is made out of deer antlers.
  • what flint looks like.
  • that no one knew how to make a willow whistle
  • that you can “blend” up a brain to make oils for tanning hides.
  • that Zebulon Pike was poor and got the cheapest things he could get.
  • that you can have a fire with sticks over it to hang buffalo to make jerky.
  • that it was very hard on Pike's men.
  • how much work it is to scrape a hide.
  • that raw hide is very stiff.
  • that when you first look through a telescope it's a bit blurry.
  • what a baby buffalo looks like alive.
  • that my dog Honey was afraid of the gunshots and smelled new smells.
  • that it is best to go up to the people that had the camps set up and ask questions.
  • how loud it is to have a gunshot go off in your ear.
  • that being able to go to historic sites like this is a lot more fun than going to school.
           I really went because of the living history people. They make the historical sites fun. It's really fun to go up to them and ask questions, because they don't just answer them, they show you.

    Scott Bosch
    Buena Vista Montessori
    (Third Grade)