By Joe Starkey
Frontier Texas hosted a two day camp for children fourth to sixth grade to show them many of the ways Texans lived in the 1800s. They were “mustered” into the frontier milita, went on wagon rides and sang cowboy songs. They did leatherwork and made Indian style jewelry. They even built a replica of a sod house using the same techniques as the early settlers. Steve Slaton started making the sod bricks back in February so they would have time to be well dried by the time building started. Art teacher, Sarah Presswood of Bassethetti Elementary guided the students in making the building while teaching them how to read the plans telling them what type brick to place where. WTU sponsored 10 of the campers from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Abilene.
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