Sunday, June 8, 2014

An International Quilting Day

I was off to Crosby, North Dakota
 to show a new group how to do Cathedral Ceilings
These were my kind of sewers...
These girls were fast

It was right to work...

2 hours later we had snack mats as samples!!

It was an international event all round...
They showed me their exchange blocks with the Estevan Guild....

I thought I recognized some of this handy work...

Joice Begg's hummingbirds....

Shirley Pederson's bleeding heart....

Thanks to Tamra and Leona of Pleasant Pheasant Fabrics
 the girls for inviting me.
On the way home.....
I have seen this sign for 29 years
 always wondered what it represented...
It is just before you cross into Canada.
After a little research.....
  It was the Trail from Texas to the north that cowboys used to move their cattle to market.
It has been there since 1934!!

The End of the Lost Trail1967 News Item
The End of the Lost Trail
LOST TRAIL. . . Tourists and natives alike have paused in curiosity for many years to look at this unusual sign at the Ambrose Border Station on highway 42, and county librarian Ruth Ralph and Vince Gilloley of Phoenix, who formerly manned the border station, have uncovered some of the interesting history behind the sign that marks the “End of the Lost Trail”.
History buffs are aware of the significance of the old Chisholm Trail, which marked the path for hundreds of cattle drives from old Mexico and Texas to Abilene, Kansas.
Ranching in much of the north moved upward from Abilene, and many of the cattle that first stocked the badlands and rugged plains of the Dakotas were driven up from Texas.
In 1934 an Elk City, Oklahoma, rancher decided to mark the old Chisholm trail with attractive signs, all the way from Texas to Abilene, and on thru the northern branch to the Canadian border. For his last sign he added the appropriate words, “The End of the Lost Trail”. Like the rest of the signs the one at Ambrose also says “Going up the Texas Chisholm Trail, 1867”.
This sign is the only known remaining marker in the Dakotas. Standing beside it is Warren Norman, who took care of the sign when it had to be removed for recent highway construction, repainted and refinished it, and had it erected again.
This item originally appeared in a local newspaper in 1967.

From the collection of Randi Knutson.
I always thought it referred to the fact that when you cross the border into Canada

The road turns from pavement
 a nightmare TRAIL where you can get LOST in the potholes.
Quite an embarrassment when that is the 'welcome' we give to the people
 who come to visit from United States.
I think we need to move that sign up into Saskatchewan!!






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