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History Quest: Everything’s Golden

Confederate gold refers to hidden caches of gold lost after the American Civil War. There are stories that some of the Confederate treasury was hidden to keep it out of the Union’s hands. When Union troops were on the verge of invading New Orleans, Confederates quickly removed millions of dollars of gold to a “safer” location. What became of the gold is a mystery. I have often thought of Dallas Heritage Village as a hidden treasure in the middle of downtown Dallas, hidden in plain sight. The village is located on 13 acres of beautiful green space with one of the best views of the Dallas skyline around. But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “Where is the village located?” or “How long has it been there?”

This year we are celebrating our 50th anniversary, so in honor of our golden anniversary we are looking back at the history of all that sparkles and shines. Throughout the day there will be a variety of activities for scouts and their families to dig into. Put on your miner duds and try and hit pay dirt panning/sifting for gold nuggets. Help us protect the gold bullion in our Citizen’s bank vault from desperados or hunt for Confederate coin on our historic grounds with some help from the Texas 9th Infantry, our favorite Civil War reenactors! At the Depot, you can learn about the golden age of train travel as prospectors went west to stake their claims, and about the famous golden spike linking America’s east and west coasts. Many of the 49ers called themselves Argonauts, an appropriate name from Greek mythology. These men heading west were in search of their own form of a golden fleece, wealth free for the taking. Scouts and families may use their gold to do some vintage shopping with weights and measures in the general store, but careful the shopkeeper’s feather duster doesn’t sweep away your gold dust!

All that glitters is fifty years golden today as we catch our own Gold Fever at the oldest park in the city. Discover our own hidden nugget in downtown Dallas, like the Scout song says “Make new friends but keep the old; one is silver and the other’s gold.” If you know the Village, we are looking forward to see you again and if it’s your first time “Welcome!” and join us for fun and history in the making at DHV during this golden year of celebration!

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