Once More on Main Street…

The semester always ends in Lost Communities class with a field trip to the old Broughton townsite. It was a COLD but sunny Tuesday, December 10!

  Patricia McCollum, Jessica Hermesch, and Jennifer Milnes standing at the Broughton Townsite sign.

Patricia McCollum, Jessica Hermesch, and Jennifer Milnes standing at the Broughton Townsite sign.

Despite the cold temperatures, students walked most of the town on a snow-packed Tompkins (Main) Street, using old plat maps to locate businesses, the site of the grain elevator, and the railway lines that once defined the town. They enjoyed looking WAY up to the top of the two remaining cottonwoods, the last of the nine planted in 1890.

Nine cottonwoods were planted in 1890 and the only two remaining in 2013 are certainly a sight for HIST533 students who have never been to the Broughton townsite before.

Nine cottonwoods were planted in 1890 and the only two remaining in 2013 are certainly a sight for HIST533 students who have never been to the Broughton townsite before.

We also went to Broughton Cemetery. Here, history major Griffin Page tries to decipher a gravestone to the wife of one of the first Broughton settlers and Union war veteran, Thomas Ingersoll. Anna Ingersoll died within the first year of arrival, in 1870.

Griffin Page studying one of the oldest tombstones in Broughton Cemetery.

Griffin Page, deep in thought while studying one of the oldest tombstones in Broughton Cemetery.

It never fails that the students find something of interest in such a historic place, even if it’s just the fact that the students know how long this once-inhabited place has been left alone.

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 (Photograph courtesy of student and photographer, Jennifer Milnes)

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Dr. MJ Morgan leads the way across the Broughton Town Site. (Photography courtesy of student and photographer, Jennifer Milnes)

Yet while some aspects of Broughton townsite seem to be lasting memories, seemingly eternal without the traffic and changes in Manhattan or another bustling town, no matter how many times we take this field trip to old Broughton, there always seems to be something new to find!

This furry guy was definitely a first for the Broughton Field trip. Maybe we have a new mascot?

This furry guy was definitely a first for the Broughton Field trip. Maybe we have a new mascot? (Photograph courtesy of student and photographer, Jennifer Milnes)