Location Trial #9
When people talk about the American West and prospecting, they usually think of Gold Gold Gold. They often only even think about California's Gold Rush. Some of us older folks, though, were around back in the days when folks were still talking about how their family had made it rich thanks to some pioneering young buck of a brother or cousin or father or son.
Silver City was THE PLACE to strike it rich. People came from all over and there was such a livliness to the place. Now, it's often the butt of jokes because it's filled with so many retirees that the name "Silver City" refers more to hair color than to precious metal.
I think more young people should check out Silver City, though. The old and young mix almost effortlessly there, and both have so much to learn from each other. When I visited the cmmunity, I was midddle aged. I was just starting to "hit my stride," as they say, and Bisbee was about to hit hers (for a second time). As I walked through the town and the museum, I kept thinking "who lived here?"
Billy the Kid's mother, Catherine McCarty, lived here. It was her destination for a new home and new hope for her and her new huband and their two children. Miners lived here. Bankers, teachers, performers, cowboys, bartenders, innskeepers, conductors, and shopowners all lived here. Mothers, brothers, aunts, cousins, daughters, sisters, nieces, nephews, grandparents, and godchildren all lived here too.
Consider the photograph above - it's of some "typical" work places of the time. What does that mean? Who sat in that chair? Where were these pieces of furniture. Was there a window nearby? Did it have a view? Did the craftsmen who made these items ever imagine that they'd someday be displayed in a museum? Will my boring office someday be displayed in a museum? Will my person and my hopes and dreams be reduced to a historical display of my oak desk, PC, and adjustable desk chair?
Family - go revisit this place. Ask yourself - "where were these items originally?" That alone will complete the trial, but I implore you to ponder deeper, for your own sake.
NB: The easiest way to complete this trial is to visit (or have a trusted family member visit) the location referred to in the solution to the Billy the Kid trial
Taylor with Questions
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