Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Mini Trip and a Memory
Neosho also has a National Fish Hatchery that is over 120 years old, the oldest operating fish hatchery in the United States. A new visitors’ center was built to replicate the original structure complete with onion dome and witch’s hat roof features in metal roofing. The building uses solar panels, lighting sensors, and environmentally efficient construction materials to make the facility as green as possible. While rainbow trout are raised in the holding tanks, there are also operations for raising pallid sturgeon. The pallid sturgeon, a prehistoric fish that evolved when dinosaurs were around, is now endangered. They look like a small shark.
Baby Pallid Sturgeon
The visitor’s center has a small gift shop and most of the things there are made by local hands. Pottery and weavings by skilled hands; paintings and art work by area artists. Some of the woven pieces are neck scarves made in earth tones and shades. One scarf was extraordinary as the weaver had replicated the exact colors and shadings of a rainbow trout. It was gorgeous.
Only a few miles but we felt like we had been adventuresome and I had the comfort of recalling a long ago memory.