Monday, January 18, 2010

A favorite field trip

Last Monday we went on a very exciting field trip.
Almost every Monday we take a field trip of some sort because we have Daddy
home with us on that day, and because a lot of places aren't packed full of
other students that day either.

We went to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth, Texas.
This is a part of the U.S. Department of Treasury where they print U.S. currency.
Our Fort Worth facility is only the second location in the world after Washington D.C. where this is done.
Can I just say......FASCINATING!!!

I could only get two pictures.
The one below and the other one of the sign which has somehow gotten deleted off of my camera.

Anyway, I think you'll notice all the barbed wire fences around the area?
That was just a part of the extensive security they have in place here.
You cannot take in, drink, cell phone, camera, guns, etc.
As you get out of your car in the parking lot, you can hear the voice telling you to leave everything in your car.
Then you go through what amounts to airport security complete with scanners, wallets and shoes through the conveyor belt x-ray machine, all manned by very large, well-armed policemen.

After your initiation at the "welcome" center, you get a 60 second shuttle bus ride to the actual building where the printing is done.
You have to stay within eyesight of the tour guide the entire time, and they count the number of people going in for the tour and the number of people coming out of the tour.
So very informative.....but pictures.......remember, I couldn't take in my camera.

We also saw a short, 15-minute film about the facility, and then looked at some of the amazing exhibits on the second floor. My children loved rummaging through the gift shop. By the time we were done with all that, we decided we would have to come back to go through the first floor museum. The best part?
All free!!!
(except for the gift shop, of course)

If you're ever in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I would definitely recommend this as a site to see!!!

P.S. Here are a couple pieces of trivia for you:

What is our paper money made of?

How many different security features are included in our modern day currency?

How many different kinds of printing/engraving are included on every note?

What is the largest note ever printed (not the size, but the amount)? What was it used for?

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