06 March 2007
Jacksonville and the MOSH
Ok, so the format looks all screwy on this one and the pictures are all over the place, but I will do what I can here. Anyway, this is the continuation of the last post in I went from Fort Caroline to Downtown Jacksonville that same day, in the hopes of finding the Jax historical society. No such luck, so I thought it would be a good idea to visit the Museum of Science and History (MOSH). Yeah, a good idea if you have little kids, that's about it. And don't get me wrong, I love kids museums, but most of it was geared low enough for easily a five year old, and the parts that were not had said five year olds running around screaming, making it very dificult for the rest of us to enjoy. Sigh. I hope nobody from the MOSH reads this....
So, it looks like the first photo is the Jax memorial along the waterfront to Gulf War vets, then a marker for the King's road in East Florida, then pictures from the MOSH including a newspaper from the return of the USS Saratoga to JAX after the first Gulf War, a skeleton of an Allosaurus, and skeletons of a dolphin, manatee, and whale. Next is a picture of downtown JAX, and another marker, this one for Revolution soldiers associated with JAX. Then pictures of the Navy and Merchant Seamen memorials. The last three pictures are of Treaty Oak park, which is centered around a massive Live Southern Oak tree. The tree is at least two centuries oldand in the early 1900s was the center of festivities in the JAX area. The name "Treaty Oak" came from a journalist who claimed that a treaty between Indians and settlers was signed underneath the tree. This story was made up in an attempt to save the tree and park from development. This goal was finally achieved however in 1964, when Jessie Ball purchased the land on behalf of the JAX garden club, thus preserving the tree and its park.