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Utah Loop 2013 Day 22 Salina, KS to Mineola, MO

At Mineola, MO (Lazy Day Campground) we are now 1,141 miles from Moab. We have endured high gusty winds on our passenger side the entire time except for the last 100 miles. It is so nice to get out of the wind. Today’s highlight was a visit to the Eisenhower Museum in Abilene, KS. President Eisenhower was a remarkable leader the likes of which we haven’t seen for some time. His childhood home is in the center of the property and is exactly the way it was when his mother died. All the furnishings are the originals. It used to be in the middle of a residential neighborhood with a school. All the property was acquired by the museum and torn down leaving the home. He never lived there after going off to military school at West Point.  The museum opened in 1953 right around the time he became president. Both the republicans and democrats tried to get him to run for their respective parties.  The WWII exhibits in this museum require far too much reading and the graphic design is weak with dark blue text on dark backgrounds.  The WWII Museum in New Orleans is much better, but then it just opened a year ago.  One interesting area contained all the fancy stuff he was given by world leaders at the time such as the Shah of Iran.  A whole section of the museum is devoted to Mamie Eisenhower. She came from a well-to-do family and owned an early 1900’s Detroit Electric Car. In those days electric cars were bought by women and physicians because they started up instantly without cranking.  Tomorrow we head for Nashville with a stop at Eddyville, KY for dinner.

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