John Speer Farmstead Site/ Thursday Doors

If you carefully read the story below, you’ll see that the farm land was owned by John Speer and the current house located here once sat diagonally across the street was not owned by John Speer. It was moved here in 2000 honoring John Speer, the founding citizens of Lawrence who showed great resolve in rebuilding after the Quantrill raid of 1863 as well as preserving the architecture of that time. Being a Missouri girl, I do not like being categorized as a ‘Bushwacker’ but since Kansas has taken such great care of my daughter’s college education, I will tolerate it just this once. 😉

We were the only people present at the time. It was Father’s Day weekend and I’m sure many had made special plans. As you can see, our plans were bent on sight-seeing.

And being as we weren’t in anyone else’s way, we peeked inside a bit….

Leaving you this Thursday Doors with some extra photos below. Hope you’ll take time to stop at Norm 2.0 by clicking here to see his door display and the doors of many more entrants.

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Lawrence,Kansas May 28, 2019/ Thursday Doors

On June 16, Father’s Day, we took a little drive to Lawrence, Kansas. Surprise! lol For those who read this blog now and then, you know we end up there often to see our eldest.

I’m about to take you along the path of an F4 tornado this Thursday Doors. There are actually doors that survived and many that didn’t. I tried to pare down the number of photos I’m sharing as there is,obviously, much destruction. That is the reason I’m sharing. The latest view of a choice few of this tech-savvy generation is that you can take these things lightly. The very reason there were no casualties, I’m pleased to say, is that these Kansans were not outside taking selfies or storm-chasing.

So now with no further chastising, I have scenes of the May 28, 2019 tornado devastation. Our continued prayers for these victims as they try to rebuild lives and livelihoods.

Beyond this rise it begins
Beyond this rise it begins

To dispel certain notions, this part of Kansas is not entirely flat as you can see. Not a good idea to pass in other words. Sorry if you get behind a tractor. Their wheat crop is about to feed the world.

Tarp on the roof til time to repair.
Tarp on the roof til time to repair.

Doors here are intact. Roof, not so much.

Not sure about that garage door. It may be blown out or just open?
Not sure about that garage door. It may be blown out or just open?

Between the house and garage is a barn or other outbuilding crumpled into a heap.

Seems like they got lucky
Seems like they got lucky

This house was pretty much unscathed as is the way of tornadoes. One house damaged, the next untouched.

The other side of the road.
The other side of the road.
A Real Survivor.
A Real Survivor.

The picture in my mind of so many farmhouses I knew growing up. Does my heart good to see it still standing.

And another hold-out.
And another hold-0ut.

There’s a screen door in the distance that I bet withstood some pretty torential winds.

Old Glory rehung.
Old Glory rehung.

This my friends is Ground Zero of that tornado path. Scouring of the earth is what comes directly to mind. If you look at the horizon, you can see the trees that were in the path versus those that still have all their foliage. So thankful the city of Lawrence was not hit directly and that everyone is safe. And thanks to my eldest daughter for the guided tour to show the world the seriousness of this sort of natural disaster.

For more Thursday Doors posts from around the world please visit Norm 2.0 and he will direct you to the links.