Earl Weinmann and his posse: to Missouri and back

Earl Weinmann & Jr. PosseAfter taking photos of the CVVC riders departing Bridge Square last Saturday, I noticed Earl Weinmann standing in front of the Northfield Historical Society museum, surrounded by a gang of outlaws group of high school students. 

They were on their way south to Missouri but I didn’t get all the details. When he returned, he emailed me this:

Every year, I invite the participants in the Jr. Posse Program to go to Missouri on the day after the last day of school. (The Jr. Posse are the 8th and 9th graders who go through a two month training program to become summer tour guides at the museum).

In Missouri we visit the childhood home of Frank and Jesse James in Kearney.  At St. Joseph we visit the Patee House (the home office of the Pony Express) and the home in which Jesse was assassinated.  We also stop at an Antique Market and the 2nd highest point in Iowa (Pilot Knob Park).  The trip is two days with one overnight in a hotel. 

This was the 20th year of the annual "Magical Missouri Tour."  The purpose of the trip is for students to see the places, artifacts, and environment where the Kansas-Missouri Border War took place.  They have studied and discussed these places for two months and this trip allows them to become a bit more well-rounded tour guides. 

By the way, the school district pays for the transportation (this year the historical society helped out with the bus payment because we needed a larger bus).  This year we had the largest group ever.  23 students attended.


  1. Kathie Galotti said:

    My son went on this trip years back and had a great time. It’s heroic of Mr. Weinmann to take on this many kids for a weekend!

    June 11, 2012
  2. Susan Hvistendahl said:

    Good for Earl! And great for the kids! (Now he just has to organize a trip for us senior posse members…Just kidding, Earl.)

    June 11, 2012
  3. Susan:

    I think that is a great idea. If the senior members pool some money we could all car pool down there!

    June 12, 2012

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