As a child, making my way between the city and our farm every summer, the hour-long drive seemed to never end. Flat and barren, there wasn’t much to look at.
When we arrived on the farm, my summer was filled with quad driving, quonset building, shelter belt planting and the most enjoyable part, Gopher hunting!
Please don’t bother preaching to me about it being wrong. I was a child and after spending hours in the blazing hot sun tapping drip lines to insure the saplings were getting water, I wasn’t about to let a Gopher eat the roots and send me back to square one.
Now don’t look at me as unsympathetic, I loved the little guys. So cute with their big black eyes and their two yellowed buck teeth, if I could have trapped them for pets I would have.
That got me to thinking, “What was the life of a Gopher really like?”
With a recent trip to Torrington AB, home to 250 people, I was about to find out.
16 years ago this small town applied for a grant to develop a roadside attraction and after many town hall meetings they settled upon this;
The world-famous Gopher Hole Museum!
Inside, 92 stuffed Gophers were on display.
All these little creature had been captured, euthanized and sent off to the taxidermy with particular instructions on how they were to be posed for their upcoming debut in the museum.
Before each new display a meeting is held and the concept is approved. A local artist is then busy at work painting backdrops while other town folk create clothing and props.
The museum gained world-wide notoriety when they were publicly scorned by PETA many years ago. Now many visitors come from around the world to support them and thus the people of Torrington are able to continue developing their great ideas into entertainment for all their visitors.
This by far was the best $2.00 I ever spent!
So put down your pellet guns and visit the Torrington Gopher Hole Museum today!
Mr. Fab opher