I Visit The Alaska Transportation Museum & Breeden Barn

Date: March 31, 2010

Official Sunrise @: 7:23           Photograph Taken @: 7:32

Temperature: 29°          Wind: None

Photographer: Dakota Troseth         Camera Used: Canon G9

Well, the temperature is below freezing this morning, but besides that it looks to be another magnificent spring day today. You may notice that the photographer for this mornings sunrise picture is my grandson, Dakota. I got a call from him just after 7 a.m. telling me he’d missed his bus and needed a ride to school. Even though I was in the middle of writing today’s blog I dropped what I was doing & hurried out to get him. I had the little G9 with me so on the way to school I had him shoot a few scenes of the sunrise with it, since I wouldn’t have time. He took the above picture out of the window as we sat waiting for the traffic light to turn green at the corner of Knik-Goosebay Road & Parks Highway, beside the Wasilla Train Depot.

As a result of my unexpected duties, I’ve had to hurry this mornings blog, and it is being posted a little later than normal. I think I will go ahead and publish it, proof reading and checking it over later so I can get it online.

I apologize for that.

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“Alaska has to be the only place where hearing a gun being cocked in your co-workers office doesn’t warrant a call to the police.”

~Facebook Comment – March 30, 2010~

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My Springtime visit to the Transportation Museum

Normally I wait until later in the spring to visit the Museum of Alaska Transportation & Industry, but I was feeling restless yesterday, or perhaps I had spring fever, & decided to make my first visit of 2010 a couple months early.  The museum isn’t officially open yet, it’s closed during the winter months except, on Tuesday’s only, it ‘s opened to the public from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for an admission price of $2.00.

After I wandered around outside, taking pictures of the many old vehicles and airplanes on display, Dick Wilson, a member of the Transportation Museum who was on hand to greet guests, volunteered to give me a one on one tour of the Breeden Barn.

The old barn, an icon of the Matanuska Valley for many years, was donated to the Museum by the Breeden family and moved to the Museum grounds in August of 2007, a nine mile trip which took five hours to complete. It is currently being restored and renovated by museum members and community volunteers.

Dick says he can envision the day when the barn will play host to wedding ceremonies, art shows, and old fashioned Saturday night barn dances. He said that they have already had several inquiries about its availability for weddings.

There is a lot of work remaining to be done yet, leveling of floors, a second stairway to be built, a delivery ramp to the second story, painting, wiring, plumbing, and host of other jobs. But eventually, when the barn is at last brought back to its former glory, it will once again regain it’s status as an icon of the Matanuska Valley.

I’d like to say thanks to Dick for letting me freely roam the museum grounds taking pictures, and especially for giving me the grand tour of the Breeden Barn.    

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Dick Wilson stands in front of the Breeden Barn, located on the grounds of the Museum of Alaska Transportation & Industry in Wasilla, Alaska.

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The interior of the second story of the Breeden barn reveals beautiful old timbers and other well aged lumber. When finished this wonderful framework will remain exposed, providing a true barn like atmosphere. Weddings, art shows and other public events will be held here, on the second story, while old tractors and other vintage farm equipment will be on display on the ground floor. 

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This old vehicle is one of my favorites at the Transportation Museum. Even though it is in really bad condition it still provides me with unique and unusual photographs.

An old Hudson automobile seems to come back to life in the bright spring sunshine.

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A Case tractor with steel wheels, resplendent in the morning sun.

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This John Deere 1941 “A” farm tractor, with it’s new green paint, provided a lot of character and color for my camera lens. After I returned home yesterday I did some computer work on this photo, and with help from another picture that I took in 1969, I was able to send this old tractor backwards in time a little ways. You can view the transformation here, on my Fine Art America web page.

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Another old John Deere tractor sticks it front wheels out of the shadows and into the sunshine, catching some warmth on a fine Spring day.

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This colorful Oliver 77 tractor grille caught my eye immediately. It reminded me somehow of a wasp or a hornet.

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A colorful old farm wagon with wooden spokes on it’s wheels.

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An Air Force C41. An interesting display, it’s bold colors and interesting details also make it an excellent subject for the photographer.

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