A LIVING HISTORY EXPERIENCE
Trail Days Historic Site
KEN MCCLINTOCK AND SHIRLEY MCCLINTOCK
WELCOME YOU--- to Trail Days Cafe & Museum!
Sit by our fireplace and order a wonderful meal that will take you back in time. While your historic food is being prepared be sure to explore this 1861 home and learn some of its' secrets.
Start by reading the bit of History on your table. You are in the original parlor, so look around at the artifacts and varied reading materials. Next head toward the South door and take a look at our show case displays. Turn around and you will see one of the hidden secrets of this stone house. Buried for years under layers of paint was an Indian Pictograph. In 1996, Shirley was scraping off old paint and uncovered it. She traced the image in chalk, so it was more visible and covered it with plexiglass for protection.
Louis Burns is a respected Historian, Osage Nation tribal member and author of 10 books on the Osage tribe. Under his guidance and the expertise of others, Shirley researched the meaning of this pictograph and has been able to propose substantiated theories regarding the meanings hidden in this pictograph. Normally these meanings would be secret. However, in this case a directive to tell this story has overridden the normal.
Louis identified this as a memorial to a fallen warrior. We believe that warrior to be George Alexander , who was listed as living in this house in 1861 with the Rawlinsons. George and the Rawlinsons' son, James, joined the 8th Kansas Infantry and left September of 1861 to fight in the Civil War. James survived the war, but George died November 4, 1862 and is buried in Danville Kentucky. Shirley suspects that George had a wife among the Kanza Tribe and that upon hearing of his death, his wife and her relatives, came here and cut a memorial to him in this Walnut wood door casing of the Parlor. Louis had told Shirley that this pictograph was done by a woman or for a woman.
Indians did not put these secret images in public view--so the question arises as to Why they would cut a memorial here. Look closely and in the walnut knot you can see a distinctive face. Walnut has growth circles around its' knots and so this face in the middle of these powerful looking circles creates (to the Indians) the face of Waconda (God).
Louis told Shirley that a general message of a face image would be---Waconda is ever watchful over them and that He made the tree in which He placed it and they (the Indians) should respect Him and His creation. This image in the walnut would make this a sacred site and under the watchful eye of Waconda. The Indians felt safe to place the pictograph here under the watchful eye of Waconda.
STEP TO YOUR RIGHT TOWARD THE STAIRWAY, ONLY TURN AND FACE THE STONE WALL.
HERE WE SEE ANOTHER HIDDEN SECRET!
THIS STONE WALL WAS UNDER A PORCH WHEN THE HOUSE WAS FIRST CONSTRUCTED. TEN YEARS LATER THE TERWLLIGERS CONVERTED THE PORCH INTO AN ADDITION TO THE SOUTH. THIS WALL WAS PLASTERED OVER AND PROTECTED INSIDE THE HOUSE.
DURING THE RENOVATION WORK, THE PLASTER WAS REMOVED AND THIS OUTSIDE STONE WALL WAS REVEALED IN PRISTINE ORIGINAL CONDITION, SHOWING THE LINES FORMED ON THE WALL TO ASSIST THE WATER TO RUN OFF MORE READILY. A KERNEL OF CORN FELL OUT--SHOWING A COMPONENT OF THE MORTAR. ANOTHER AMAZING HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL FIND!
Turn around and go up the steps.
There are things to view at the top of the stairs.
AS WE SURVEY THE BEDROOM PLEASE ---REALIZE THAT WE HAVE A SLEEPING BABY!
NEXT DOOR IS THE COMMODE. (BATHROOM)
MOMS WILL FIND A NICE SPOT TO MAKE A CHANGE.
YOUR FOOD IS READY--SO HEAD BACK DOWN STAIRS TO THE PARLOR. ON YOUR WAY BE SURE TO NOTICE THE COAT RACK LOCATED ON THE HALL WALL. IT WAS ORIGINALLY IN THE 1859 COMMERCIAL HOTEL. THIS HOTEL WAS LOCATED WHERE OUR CURRENT POST OFFICE NOW STANDS.
ENJOY YOUR GERMAN SCHNITZEL MEAL!
WE SAY GOOD BYE AND HOPE YOU WILL COME TO SEE US AGAIN SOON!