Tag Archives: Country Roads

Exploring just West of Home

It was so beautiful that I just had to get out!  Just a few minutes from home there is this old sandstone homestead.  It sits in a great location, out in the middle of a pasture with sandstone bluffs to the south.  What a beautiful place to live and raise a family.  DSC02835

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Wide open spaces

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You never know who is watching you!

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Sandstone formation

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The barn is the only thing left of this homestead.  Built in 1910

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Old barn with a rock fence

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Another abandoned homestead, they have cleared the trees from around this home.  Maybe someone will fix it up.

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Fall in the Ozarks

I spent a wonderful week in Missouri with the grandkids while their parents were on vacation.  NO adult supervision!!  They kept poor ole granny busy,  getting them to school, cheer, riding lessons, church activities, dentist.  Thankfully everything was written out for me and I didn’t miss anything or forget a child anywhere!

Fall in the Ozarks (actually anytime of the year) is beautiful.

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This is a bridge on Historic Route 66 just outside of Spencer MO

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Dunlap, Morris County, KS

In March of 1874 a post office was established in Hillsborough, the next month it was renamed Dunlap after Joseph Dunlap, an Indian agent for the Kaw tribe.

Benjamin “Pap” Singleton chose Dunlap for his second Singleton Colony, as home for freedmen who had come from Tennessee because of available land under the Homestead Act.  Hundreds of Exodusters arrived in Dunlap.  The Presbyterian Church founded the Freedman Academy of KS to provide education to the settlers, however the school closed it’s door in the 1890’s.

Population in 1910 was over 300, during this time there was a blacksmith shop, hardware, grocery store, ice cream parlor, flour mill, butter and cheese factors, restaurant, bank, hotel, and numerous churches.

When the exodusters first arrived the white community resented them and they had separate schools, churches and cemeteries.  However by 1930, the white and blacks were no longer segregated and lived together peacefully in the beautiful Neosho River Valley.

Dunlap is currently home to approximately 30 people.

Main Street

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Native stone sidewalk along Main Street

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White Cemetery Dunlap, KS

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Black Cemetery about 1 mile north of the white cemetery

Many of the headstones were native stones with no inscription on them

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Landon Harness, last resident to be buried in Dunlap Black CemeteryDSC02123

On a road that is seldom traveled I came across this monument.  A beautiful tribute to a freedman who homestead this land.  Here is a link about Mr. Davis and his monument to his family.

http://www.robinvanauken.com/a-monument-to-exodusters/

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Massive native stone cornerpost

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The ground is so rocky that they drilled holes in the rocks to set the posts.

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Evening Walk

I enjoy driving to an isolated road for our walks.  Here’s what we came across yesterday.

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I don’t know what type of snake this is, to me they are all anacondas!!

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We have enjoyed seeing yellow headed blackbirds at our bird feeder.  (Luckily the snake isn’t in our yard!)