In the Transportation lineup, from ox-cart to airplane, is the old stage coach and early day wood burner locomotive of 1850, with Harold Warp, founder of Pioneer Village in the foreground.
Three years and 140,000 miles later, Mr. and Mrs. Jensen saw the items they had gathered completely restored, arranged in groups and also in chronological order of their development, ready for public viewing.
Since the opening day, June 6, 1953, more than 150,000 have delighted in the nostalgic charm of our country's development, marveling at the comprehensive way that the displays have been arranged. No item is duplicated, since the scope of this museum is so great that only 'one of each' could be included.
Some antique lovers criticized Warp when he began cleaning, repainting and mending the items he had acquired. But, according to Warp, these people missed the point of the whole display. He wanted the items to appear as they were when they were being used. So far as possible, the items included in the display are in operating condition.
Two men have worked continuously restoring the items and about 20 people are on the payroll. Pioneer Village is operated on a non-profit basis, but Warp does hope to have it become self-supporting. Therefore, adults are charged 50c, children 25c-a fee intended to maintain the Village, not to gain profit.
In strolling from building to building, arranged in circular formation behind the huge main building which faces the highway, visitors can see the wondrous development of transportation, communication, agriculture, home appliances, guns, clocks, cameras, musical instruments and illumination.
Unfolded before visitors' eyes are 5 period kitchens, ranging from 1830 to 1930, complete with authentic, original equipment, 14 craft shops, replicas of a country doctor's office, barber shop, drug store, harness shop, a printing plant, and others.
Here, too, is the Warp collection of John Roger's sculpture. Rogers, considered one of America's greatest sculptors, created 80 known pieces-38, including his first, 'Checkers up at the Farm,' are found at the Village.
Twenty original paintings by Jackson, internationally known Western artist, are exhibited.
Visitors at this unique village of the past can go on and on, marveling at each exhibit, which so authentically portrays our pioneer history. Open 7 days a week, it attracts tourists from many states and serves as a lasting tribute to our forefathers, whose initiative and ingenuity paved the way for our modern way of life.