Trail End Opens April 1 for New Season

Manville Kendrick's Murphy bed will be opened and exhibited for the first time when the Trail End Historic Site launches the new season on April 1.

Cynde Georgen, who's district manager for Wyoming State Parks' Absaroka District, said this year's exhibit will focus on daily life at the former home of Sen. John B. Kendrick and his family.

Georgen said the site will initially be open from 1 till 4 p.m. seven days a week, and will go to summer hours on June 1. She said Trail End will be extended hours on Memorial Day weekend – from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. that Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Georgen said the exhibit covers not only daily chores and regular activities but funny stories from the family, such as the time Rosa Maye Kendrick accidentally set her fur muff on fire.

Georgen said this year's exhibit will also answer some common visitor questions such as how people got ice for their drinks back in a time before there were freezers, and how much money the servants made. Back in the 1940s, she said, maids received 20 cents an hour for their work.

Other topics include musical instruments and what the Kendrick family did for relaxation.

Georgen said this year's exhibit was fun to put together. She said it will be a one-year exhibit, from April through December.

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