Arizona Copper Art Museum, Verde Canyon Railroad (Things to do in Clarkdale): Look Who’s Traveling

Arizona Copper Art Museum, Verde Canyon Railroad (Things to do in Clarkdale): Look Who’s Traveling


This episode is brought to you by Experience Clarkdale. First we’re going to grab some breakfast at Violette’s Bakery Cafe. Mmm, yummy almond croissants. We’re at Tuzigoot National Monument. This site preserves a two to three story pueblo ruin built by the Sinagua people between 1125 and 1400 AD. First we’re going to the Visitors Center to get our Junior Ranger activity books. We’re finding the answers at the different displays. Then we’re hiking to the ruins. Tuzigoot is Apache for “crooked water.” This is the largest and best-preserved of the many Sinagua pueblo ruins in the Verde Valley. The pueblo has 110 rooms. I wonder which one was the living room? Time for a picture. We’re hiking to the top of the ruin. Let’s see what’s inside here. What a great view from up here. Who farted? Let us know in the comments below. We’re heading back to the Visitors Center. Then we saw a man who trapped a rattlesnake. We turned in our Junior Ranger booklets and received our badges. Then we said the pledge. [Ranger] All right, you’re going to repeat after me. [Ranger] As a Junior Ranger. [Kids] As a Junior Ranger. And lastly we got a stamp in our passport. We had so much fun here. Learn more at nps.gov/tuzi. We’re at the Arizona Copper Art Museum. This museum tells the state’s copper history with world legends and beautiful artwork. Mr. Drake is giving us a tour today. [Mr. Drake] In this museum you can touch everything. Imagine that. We’re following the footsteps to the exhibits. First Mr. Drake is telling us what copper is. [Mr. Drake] Copper is a metal that we find in our earth and it looks like this. [Mr. Drake] We’re going to let you grab this piece so you can see what the metal is like. Copper and gold are the only metals that have color. And copper can turn green because of chemical reactions with other elements. Now we’re learning about the seven metals of antiquity. [Mr. Drake] Copper and the planet Venus share the same symbol. Same thing for this lady here. She shares the same symbol as copper. We’re stepping to the next section. Mr. Drake is telling us where copper comes from. And where in the world you can find them. The symbol for copper is also the symbol for girls. The the iron one is for boys. Now we’re learning about the use of copper in art. Off to the next room. This section showcases many artillery made from copper. Mr. Drake is showing as a shell casing that was made into a vase. We’re touching a real cannon from a pirate ship. Let’s follow the footsteps again. These artifacts are from different parts of the world. Copper was also used to make religious relics. Lastly we’re checking out the kitchen display. This copper pot is so heavy. That’s the funniest tub I’ve ever seen. Thank you Mr. Drake for a wonderful tour. Please visit copperartmuseum.com to find out more. Now we’re having lunch at Boat House Bar & Grill. Opened in 2008 in a historic building, this restaurant offers friendly, comfortable dining for locals and tourists. Their sister company also offers kayaking excursions. We’ll have to do that next time. Brother’s having chicken strips. Cousin’s having a corndog. And I’m having a chiliburger. Find out more at clarkdaleboathouse.com. We’re at the Clarkdale Arizona Historical Society Museum. This museum preserves the records and the important documents of the town’s birth, development, and growth. I’m checking out some old photographs. Oh look, the Copper Museum used to be a high school. I am pretending to ride on this saddle. There is a rock collection and even a skull of a mammoth found here. Outside the window you can see the Verde Canyon Railroad, and what’s where we’re going to go next. Learn more about this museum at clarkdalehertiage.org. We’re going on the Verde Canyon Railroad. First we’re going to check out the train museum. This is a renovated boxcar housing Verde Canyon Railroad history and artifacts which span over a century. Hello Mr. Hobo. This is Woody the Conductor. Time to get on the train. All aboard! Today we’ll be traveling in the First Class car. Brother, sit down. The train’s moving. Here comes our hostess with some sparkling cider for the toast. This is a four hour excursion covering 20 miles of tracks. We will be seeing diverse terrains and sceneries on this journey. It’s time for some refreshments. Now we’re having a prickly pear lemonade. And then some chicken wings. Next it’s time for a card game. Now we’re going to the outdoor viewing car. What a great view from this car. Even Brother’s stuffed animal likes it. Oh look, you can see the front of the train! And the back of the train. The entire train is a quarter mile long. Now it’s nap time for Brother and Cousin. I’m enjoying the view while munching on an apple. Now we’re entering a dark tunnel. That was a bit too loud. We’re crossing a trestle. We have reach Perkinsville and the engine is moving to the back of the train. We’re heading back to Clarkdale. We had so much fun riding the train. Book your escape at verdecanyonrr.com. Plan your escape at experienceclarkdale.com. Stay tuned for Jerome with Kids. Please hit the subscribe button so you won’t miss a video. Also like and share this episode with your friends.

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