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One of the most surprisingly well-rounded collections chronicling one of the last Mormon colonization efforts in the American West can be found in the tiny town of Lund, about 35 miles south of Ely. The White River Valley Museum is open for tours by appointment, and visitors with the good sense to schedule theirs will not be disappointed.
The museum’s historical and cultural displays offer an intriguing look at the early life and times of the region’s settlers, and visitors can spend a good few hours examining the museum’s many artifacts and relics. From the vintage dishes and sewing machines to the old books and antique clothing, visitors at the White River Valley Museum are offered an up-close look at the day-to-day life of these early settlers. Other artifacts on display, including the assortment of old farming equipment and various tools, give a sense of early working life.
One of the most fascinating exhibits at the museum is a vintage log cabin that visitors are welcome to enter. Stepping into the rustic structure invites visitors to imagine life in the region’s early days and certainly gives a unique perspective. The White River Valley Museum is also home to a wonderful collection of old photos. The museum is open for scheduled visits year round. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome.
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