Exhibited with the cabin are furniture, tools, and other artifacts of that era, many of which were donated by Jovalene Heaton and belonged to Elizabeth Anderson Heaton, sister of the displayed cabin's builder, Lewis J. Anderson. The logs appear to have been shaped by the tools of the time, a broad axe to notch the poles and a draw knife to flatten the sides.
The Lone Elm School, dating from 1867 to 1951, is now known as the Schoolhouse Museum and allows visitors to experience school days in the one-room school. Children get a thrill from ringing the school bell that stands on the front lawn.
Less than a mile south of the museum is the first bridge over the Neosho River in Neosho County, completed in 1871. Rock for the pier was quarried from the same ledge of rock used to construct St. Francis Church. The county closed the road at the request of the landowner more than 30 years ago. The steel hulk remains far from the river's south bank, standing as a memorial in the river's ever-changing channel.
Gift Shop: A stuffed bobcat lounges atop a collection of crosses outside the Neosho Trading Post. The gift shop offers everything from candy and t-shirts to historical books and a little red wagon.
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