Capt. Sarshell Cooper/ThursdayDoors

Even though Autumn is my favorite time of year and I’m getting anxious to head out on a Fall door-scursion, I’m settling this week for some Summer barns.

Some of this door trip took place in rural Cooper County, Missouri. I found a “History of Cooper County, Missouri” from 1876 which was written for our country’s first centennial. You can read it free online but for the purpose of this post, I’m sharing a paragraph on the namesake of this county.

Of the many murders committed during the war (1812), none excited so much feeling or caused such a cry of vengeance in the hearts of the frontiersman as the tragic death of Captain Sarshell Cooper, who was the acknowledged leader of the settlers north of the Missouri River. On a dark and stormy night on the 14th day of April, 1814, as Captain Cooper was sitting by his fireside with his family, his youngest child upon his lap, the others playing at different games around the room, and his wife sitting by his side sewing, an Indian warrior crept up to the side of his cabin and picked a hole between the logs just sufficient to admit the muzzle of his gun, the noise of his work being drowned by the storm without. He shot Captain Cooper, who fell from his chair to the floor, among his horror stricken family, a lifeless corpse. Pg. 31 and 32 of “A History of Cooper County, Missouri”

Quite the spread of barns above and the red barn on the right has a set of ‘side’ doors.

Would love to get a better photo of the one on the left, but I was very pleased with my last barn above! I really love the way it’s set into the hillside.

That does it for my week’s entry in Thursday Doors. Please take time to visit Norm 2.0 and see more doors from around the world. A great way to social distance!



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