The Buckstop Junction Open-Air Museum in Bismark, North Dakota, is the Theme of This Souvenir Fridge Magnet
Buckstop Junction is a reconstructed village located in the city of Bismark, the capital of the state of North Dakota. This "town" was created in 1992 by the Missouri Valley Historical Society by gathering representative historic buildings from throughout the region and putting them together in order to re-create the atmosphere of a historic town. The buildings in this complex date from 1875 to 1935. This acrylic fridge magnet features the Bethel Lutheran Church which dates back to 1916 and is typical of High Plains Lutheran churches built by Scandinavian and German immigrants. Other buildings in the museum include stores, a school, a barber, a blacksmith, a post office, a bank, a coal mine camp and a number of households of varying size and wealth. A highlight is the Capital Aviation Hangar from the 1930s which housed one terminus of the nation's first north-south airline service.
Reconstructed Villages are Big Attractions Throughout the United States
Reconstructed villages, also called "open-air museums," are collections of typical and representative buildings that show a region's architectural and social history, and often have "reenactors" who dress up in period outfits to explain the lifestyles and technology of the era. The first and probably best known of these villages is Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, which was started in the 1920s and attempted to rebuild the historic district of this colonial town. It includes a rebuilt fort, the Governor's Palace, the Capitol, the Raleigh Tavern and a parish church. Another well-known reconstructed village is Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, which was started in 1929 and attempts to re-create a 19th century Yankee whaling and fishing village. It is known for also preserving historic wooden sailing ships. In Hawai'i, visitors can stop by the Kona Coffee Living History Farm and in Pleasant Hill Kentucky the unique lifestyle of the Shaker religious order can be re-lived in "Shakertown."