A shot of Railroad Town, a historical makeshift town located on the grounds of the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island, NE.
Out where the buffalo roam, a steam engine pulls in for another season at Stuhr Museum's Railroad Town.
Blacksmith Randy Dack visited Railroad Town many a year ago. Now he's part a the living history lesson, teaching visitors how things were crafted in the pioneer era.
Randy Dack: "When you can take an item that they know of and show them how it was made, just start with a simple piece of iron and turn it into a horseshoe, their eyes just kind of light up."
Around the corner at the "Mercantile" it's back to business as usual...
Mercantile store clerk Susan Kolbo: "'Is this a real store?' is the first thing you generally hear. I say, yes it is. 'Oh it's awesome.' "
Ms. Kolbo sells real merchandise, the old-fashioned way.
Susan Kolbo: "The packaging is different. Candy comes in bags, sticks, things like that.
The summer exhibition theme at Railroad Town this year is "The Famous and The Infamous" but you're more likely to meet one of the solid-citizen re-enactors, and they have their own interesting stories to tell.
Gunslingers and outlaws aren't the only ones to crack the whip in railroad town.
Historical interpreter Kathy Lentz: "We keep them straight and on the right track."
Bringing history to life, she shares with visitors lessons from our past.
Kathy Lentz: "It would be a tougher way to live, but not a bad way to live."