Twenty-eight members and guests made the trip to the Globe area for our annual bus tour. In route, we had juice and muffins while the monthly League business meeting was conducted.
Arriving at the historic train depot, we viewed exhibits and were given a brief talk on the recent restoration of the building, which had been a laundromat for 36 years. Then we boarded the Copper Spike, the 1951 dome car, for the 25-minute ride to the Apache Gold Casino. One of the ticket agents was kind enough to ride along with us and give an informative talk about the historic route.
With just enough time to lose a couple of dollars at the casino, we continued our trip to the San Carlos Apache Cultural Center. The exhibits in the center were very well done. The Apache history includes a significant contribution to the building of Roosevelt dam. In their culture, they don’t eat fish, believing that our spirits reside there after death. Our host, Mr. Herb Stevens was most entertaining and he regaled us with stories of his life on and off the reservation. He arranged for a typical ceremonial lunch that included Apache tamales, 2 types of fry bread, a cabbage soup, a pinto bean and roasted corn stew, and wild spinach with bacon. Most impressive was the fact that all the delicious food was cooked outside over hot coals.
After lunch we were privileged to see a basket weaving demonstration, and Mr. Stevens donned his native costume for us. Refreshments were served on the return trip making for a fun social time for all.