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Old Sep 1, 2007, 4:15 PM   #1
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I took this picture at the Columbia Park (in the Gold Country)last year during a filed trip with my son's school class. More to come!
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Old Sep 1, 2007, 9:14 PM   #2
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Cool, Tullio. This one is very similar to the one in our town. I had meant to call our town historian earlier today and see if he could get it out for me to photograph, but forgot to call him. Not sure it would have been possible. They only take it out on special occasions and it might need some cleaning up. But, it looks very similar to yours.

Ours was built in 1865 and is said to have two folding chairs and removable sled runners. Has pull down shades on each of the side windows and a slot behind the front seat that allows air to escape from the inside to prevent the large glass windows from exploding. Our town paid $475 for it back in 1886 with an additional $35 for the horse harness and $2 for the cloth to cover the hearse.


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Old Sep 1, 2007, 9:43 PM   #3
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Very interesting photo, I have never seen one of these in person.

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Old Sep 1, 2007, 11:22 PM   #4
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Dont be in a hurry. It will happen soon enough bhammitt.
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Old Sep 2, 2007, 12:55 AM   #5
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I remember these while growing up. Funerals were long drawn out things during my yourth. Not any more. I sorta prefer the new trend. Short sweet and simple.

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Thank you all for your comments.Wow, I'm impressed by all the detailsyou shared about the one you have in your town, nhmom.Unfortunately, I don't know anything about this one. It was sittinginside a stable, collecting dust (as you can actually see). Therewere many carriages spread throughout the park, which I managed to photograph but since I've already posted my two images today, I'll have to wait until tomorrow to post some more. Stay tuned!
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Old Sep 2, 2007, 1:37 AM   #7
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Recently I caught a BBC documentary about Sir Walter Scott's home in the Scottish Borders, near Galashiels. When hetravelled locally, the horse drawing his carriagelearned to pause every time at a particular spot, to admire his favourite wonderful view.

On his 'last journey', the same horse drew his hearse, and paused there automatically. This tale brought the tears to my eyes, as it does right now.
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Old Sep 2, 2007, 1:43 AM   #8
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Those old tales are touching indeed, aren't they?
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