What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

From the Gallows to the Giant Cow - We Saw It All

I've got two loads of towels on the coffee table waiting to be folded, a set of sheets waiting to be put on DS's bed and all the cleaning products laid out to clean the bathroom. So, it seemed like the obvious time to come update my blog!

This was an old split log fence that ran around the perimeter of the old Gallows. The Gallows were the sight of public hangings in the 1800's. The town of Fort Smith only had 2,500 residents, yet when a hanging occurred nearly 5,000 people attended. And no women or children were allowed - so that was 5,000 men that came to watch a hanging. No phones to alert the neighbors, but word of an impending hanging spread like wildfire.

This is the stone wall that stands behind the Gallows. I thought the white mortar made the stone really pop. I'm sure that's what the bystanders and the people being hung thought too. ;o) We visited the Executioner's home. He lived a few blocks from the Jailhouse and the Gallows. He hand made each noose at his house. When he left the house to go to work, the neighbors and bystanders would see that he was carrying a noose and start spreading the word that there was going to be a hanging. People would come from all over to watch.

These steps lead up to the Gallows. I have visited this place before when I was in Junior High and High School on Field Trips. We all climbed the steps and feined fake deaths as we pretended to be hung. Oh, how funny we thought we were. But, now that I am *cough* more mature, the Gallows were a very chilling place. Knowing that men, women and Native Americans were all hung there was very eerie. The very first person was hung on my birthdate a hundred odd years before my birthday. Oh joy.

Here are the actual Gallows. They could hang 12 people at once and apparently did so often. You can't go up there anymore, which I think is a good thing. Too many photos of dumb kids pretending to be hung and laughing about it.

And now for the less arsty, but more amusing photos. This is DS when he broke into the Toddlers Only area and wrangled himself a stick pony and cowboy hat to view the Rodeo Exhibit in the museum. This will be a good photo for his Wedding Slideshow.

"Ooooh, Ooooh, a little BREAD TRUCK! Take my picture by it! Take my picture by it!" And that was my HUSBAND talking. So, here he stands all sleepy looking by a bread truck. Now, that's a nice change of pace.

Here is DS standing beside the GIANT COW at the Pig & Pepper BBQ Resturant. They weren't open yet so all the cooks and waitstaff were outside smoking cigarettes. They thought we completey touristy and nerdy for taking a picture with the GIANT COW. Hey, we are easily amused in my family. And we are non-bovine eaters. So, we wanted a picture by the GIANT COW - get over it.


  1. LOL @ the little bread truck photo and your writeup!! I can just picture how the scene went in my head.

    I love that photo of your son on the stick pony! We were just at a wedding this weekend that had the slideshow....TOTALLY would be good for that!

    Interesting photos....

  2. There used to be a cow just like that at Sirloin Stockade in Austin. Don't know what ever happened to it. They have built a freeway over that road, so maybe it is still there. Kinda big to miss?

    I am surprised DH or at least DS did not attempt to climb in the bread truck.

    Kiddie Corral is such a good blackmail pic. Look out Christopher!


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