http://moneyfactory.gov/ With a name like that how could we resist. Amazing tour of the Fort Worth money printing facility. Tour lasts about 45 minutes where you actually watch money being printed from above the printing floor. If you have ever done the Tillamook Cheese factory tour in Oregon, then you know what this was like but with intense security. They count noses going in and coming out on this tour. The facility prints money 24hrs a day Monday - Friday and has 800 employees working here. There are lots of exhibits that you can do on your own with little video vignettes done by various employees. The most amazing, I thought, was the recovery center. If you have money that was in a fire, flood, eaten by insects, moldy.....the Federal government will take the time to sort it out and then give you equal amount in clean money again. And they do this for no charge to you (kinda since your taxes probably pay for this)! No camera or cell phones allowed in premises and no free samples.
Fred and Michelle did Dallas, by taking the train which runs regularly between Fort Worth and Dallas, for $10 all day ticket which also gave us rides on buses and smaller light rail in Dallas. Seemed to be a daily commuter for lots of folks with park and ride lots available at the little towns in between. Made us think of riding the train in France, which we did a lot of during our last trip in Feb 2011.
Our first stop was the 6th floor museum http://www.jfk.org/ This is the 6th floor of the book warehouse from where Oswald shot President Kennedy. This was a very sad place to start our day, but one we both wanted to see. I found myself unable to view some of the videos since they brought back incredibly sad memories. Window that shots came from is on right side of building 2nd down from top.
Exhibit reinforced the tragedy of that day and the uncertainty of some of who was really involved.
We then walked all around historic Dallas, some of which was interesting, some of which was ho hum! Went to see the bronze longhorns in Dallas, which were really fun to see.
More fun was had by taking old trolley from turn of last century to area called Uptown to see where the Dallas rich relax and spend money shopping, eating and getting pampered. Amazing that they let us poor folks see this area, which was gorgeous! This is a very rich feeling town with evidence of money everywhere. they may still be wearing cowboy boots, but they are also wearing Armani suits. Lots of wonderful plazas with water features and luscious plantings including lots of space to stroll or sit in the shade. There is also a well developed underground system for getting to many of the buildings which we think is probably important to use during the heat of the summer.
We probably walked about 6miles that day which was hot and very muggy so were glad to get back to the train and home to the roulotte.
by for now y'all.
Michelle and Fred - traveling around the country so you don't have to!