|After lunch, you'll have coontinue your walking and bus exploration of some of the significant sites in Los Alamos, including Los Alamos Historical Museum and Book Shop, Ashley Pond, and more. |
The Los Alamos Historical Museum & Book Shop includes a Guest Cottage, built in 1918 for the Ranch School; it is the oldest continually-inhabited structure in town.
Detroit businessman, Ashley Pond, started the Los Alamos Ranch School in 1917 to help boys become strong young men through a life of rigorous outdoor living and classical education.
The faculty was made up of mostly Ivy League and other elite Eastern college graduates. The curriculum was standard for college prep schools of the time.
This school was integrated with Boy Scouts. Boys in the school belonged to Los Alamos Troop 22, and the Boy Scout uniform was the Los Alamos Ranch School uniform. The school educated more than 600 boys, including Gore Vidal.
When Fuller Lodge housed the Manhattan Project personnel from 1943 to 1947, the cottage continued to serve as an auxiliary guest house.
Now, it is an award-winning, comprehensive historical museum presenting the colorful and varied history of Los Alamos.
You'll see the outside of the Baker House, adjacent to the Historical Museum, that is a private residence. The log home is part of Bathtub Row, homes originally built for the Ranch School, and is marked with an interpretive plaque.
You'll visit Fuller Lodge and its Art Center. The lodge was built in 1928 as the Ranch School's dining room and kitchen, and has a fascinating history. The Art Center, located in the Fuller Lodge building, offers exhibits of works by local and regional artists.
At 3:30 pm, you'll stop at the Bradbury Science Museum, where there are some amazing displays of pre and post atomic-bomb-era collections.
Bus departs for Santa Fe at 5:00 PM.