Cowboys visit Laona's steam trainSubmitted: 07/16/2017
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek

Cowboys visit Laona's steam train
LAONA - The Camp Five Museum in Laona holds a lot of history. It has a steam train, logging museum, and exhibits using vintage tools. But twice a year, people have the opportunity to get a little more interactive with history.

Train rides and cowboys were featured this weekend at the Camp Five Museum. The museum is known for its Lumberjack Train, but also for its cowboy reenactments.

"We've been doing this since 1999 so that makes it 18 years," said Camp Five Museum Secretary Bookkeeper Mary Verich.

The reenactment involves "bad cowboys" robbing the train, with the good cowboys eventually coming to the rescue. The actors are all in costume and ride in on horseback. 

11-year-old Sam LaPlante's described the reenactment as "Loud." 

But overall, he enjoyed it. When Sam was asked what his favorite part of the day was he said, "When they got on the train and tried to rob us."

Aiden Harris rode the train when he was little, and loved it so much he now he helps out with the old steam engine.

"I do some coal shoveling, bell dinging," said Harris.

And the actors have just as much fun as the passengers.

"I like to watch the reactions on people's faces when you try to do a fake robbery. We come here every year, and I wouldn't miss this for the world," said reenactor Harlen Kwkkel.

It's easy to see why the cowboy reenactment is a big draw for the Camp Five Museum.

"A day where they can really have fun… it's like escaping, like fantasy almost, so it's a fun day," said Verich.

The next reenactment will be on September 30. For more information, you can visit the museum's Facebook page linked below.

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