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Walking Field Trip Makes Multiple Downtown Stops
Shown are docents that helped provide guided tours of the Escalon Historical Museum during the recent downtown walking field trip by Dent Elementary second grade students. Photo Courtesy Of Dave Russell

Members of the second grade classes at Dent Elementary wrapped up the school year a few weeks ago with a walking field trip to the downtown area, where they hit several locations. Among them were the Escalon Historical Museum, the Escalon Branch Library and the historic Santa Fe caboose in the city’s Main Street Park.

A total of five classes of second graders walked to downtown Escalon from Dent Elementary School to enjoy the tour. There were eight docents on hand at the museum and caboose to offer plenty of education and amusing anecdotes that both informed and entertained not only the students but also their teachers and parent chaperones.

“The focus was placed on the differences and similarities between then and now, with a 1914 Model T parked in front of the museum for an added treat, courtesy of Don Ritchey and his Horseless Carriage Museum,” said historical society member Barb Willis.

Well over 100 made the trip in all and were divided into three groups, rotating around to the various sites of interest.

Along with the museum and caboose information provided, the tour takers got to learn about the library, its programs and services, meeting librarian Jamie Turner and some of the library staff as well.