by MCJ graduate
German Valley, Illinois
May 12, 2005
Unfortunately, this trip was taken in the middle of September, and Clark’s activities were not running anymore. Hence, we were limited to just walking the grounds, visiting the gift shop, and taking pictures. However, my partner told me all the other neat things she had seen or done when she had been there before. She told me it has trained bears, a mean backwoods recluse named "Wolfman", museums, steam locomotives, a covered bridge, restaurant, shops, rides, and circus shows. But her highlights of this place were the bear show and "Wolfman". She said the bears would perform tricks like swinging in a swing, spinning on a huge ball, and climbing a pole. And for this, they would receive ice cream cones or bear food. And "Wolfman" would come out of nowhere with a rustic old car, charging at the locomotive with the passengers in it. Then, later, he would catch up with this locomotive tour and be near the railroad tracks swinging an authentic, revved-up chainsaw at the passengers.
Although I couldn’t experience the activities that Clark’s Trading Post has to offer (due to our vacation being in the middle of September), I still highly recommend it because of my partner’s experience (my partner is not easily impressed so this attraction had to be good). And it seems this is a place that has a lot of old- fashioned fun--an amusement park and a circus all rolled up as one.
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