Sunday, August 25, 2019

D C Booth Fish Hatchery in Spearfish

This is our last day in Spearfish. It is so pretty here wish we were staying longer. We are only going to go about 60 miles south to Hill City which is close to Mount Rushmore. Will be there for two days. Been told that WiFi there is iffy so you might not hear from us for a while. Some times the Verizon works fine in places others don't.
Finished the laundry yesterday afternoon. $13 for four loads wash and dry. Plus the time waiting for everything to finish drying. 
This morning was beautiful again, not too hot early and beautiful blue sky so we went to the D C Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery. What a beautiful peaceful setting. 
 In 1890 Congress approved a hatchery in Spearfish. The area had an abundance of pure spring water and it was close to the town and railroad stem. In 1896 the hatchery was established. 
 Crossing the river into the Hatchery grounds. 
 A couple of ponds with different sized trout in them. For a quarter you can get food to feed them.  

 One of the ponds had underground viewing. WOW talk about some big fish. The ranger told me the fish in this pond just lived out their lives here. One of them weighs over 20 pounds. 
 In 1899 the completed hatchery buildings, ice house and rearing ponds were ready for fish. 

 Four days later 100,000 trout eggs were incubating. 
 The Yellowstone Boat


 It surely was not what I expected it to look like. This is beautiful. Our RV should look so good. The Captain's quarters. The wood is just beautiful.
  The upper Cabinets open up to become bunks. The cabinets on the bottom left are the fish tanks. 

 The kitchen.
 The china used on the rail car. 

The bathroom. 
A great sculpture of a man and child going fishing.  
 The home of D C Booth.  

Putting fish into a stream or lake.  

 The first sign of fall?

 They bought the horses to slaughter and grind up for fish food. There was a big meat grinder in the display.  

 Little bitty fish.  
Hope you made it to the end. And I left a lot out. But thought it was interesting and fun. 


Kathy Tycho said...

Very the rail car.

Mark said...

Very Very interesting, made me wish that I was there seeing it for myself. Thanks for the well done narrative.

Carol and Bill said...

Our RV should be so nice inside.

Carol and Bill said...

Glad you enjoyed it.