Hearing Cars Rust/#Thursday Doors

First, the doors. This is a sliding door –  garage-style-  with an entrance door to the side.

Setting: Green Ridge, Missouri on one pretty hot, Saturday, June afternoon.

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Green Ridge: population 476 as of Census 2010.

Hearing the cars rust on Main Street is a real thing.

So are Pot Luck and Fundraising dinners, church on Sundays, checking on your neighbors, volunteering, and bad cell phone service (with my phone company choice).

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Sedalia Depot/ Thursday Doors

I’ve decided to share another panoramic pic this Thursday Doors. This will be my final Doors entry until after April since I’ve once again (5th year) joined up with the April A to Z Challenge. That will be more than enough to commit to given my fulltime-working life.

So without further ado, I present the Sedalia Depot.

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Some choppier views……

 I find it very hard to see this as a 2-story structure. But  apparently it was prior to 1951. You could read about it and some rather lengthy, extra Sedalia history here. Or just take my word for it. The story ‘in short’ is that this station had a vibrant past, a lull where it needed a little push from local and state sources to step into the next era, and now is a success story that could have easily been the ending. It’s currently an Amtrak stop for 4 daily trains. The Missouri River Runner travels from Kansas City, Missouri to St. Louis, Missouri and back each day.

I just want to add a personal note to the Sedalia Downtown Development,Inc for following through with this project. Kudos to you! I sincerely hope it is not the end of our saving the visual past of our beloved “Queen City of the Prairie”.

Pano/ThursdayDoors

Some days call for an undemanding entry in the realm of blogging. This is one. I present a panoramic view of a back lot parking area of downtown Mexico, Missouri. Doors to feast the eyes on in an array of types and conditions.

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Back Doors, Tail Gate Door, Dumpster Doors Blocked Doors.

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Corner View/Thursday Doors

Sometimes it’s the position that a door is placed that draws your attention.

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In my opinion, whoever designed this building was wanting to have a good view of 3 corners of that street. And they got it.

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Formerly a “Bank” building as the sign indicates. If I’m correct in my footwork, currently a city offices location. Located in downtown Glasgow, Missouri. Listed on the National Register of Historical Buildings.

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No Stone Wasted /Thursday Doors

 

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With this home in rural Pettis County, Missouri, you get the arch entrance on the front porch, a side door, and an open garage door. The front door was blocked by stacked boxes. And there is a lovely front door. I’ve seen it in days long gone on the way to school. Sorry I couldn’t get a good view for you.

What I’d really like to do is stand under that arch on the porch and see the view they have from that perspective.

Maybe someday.

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Linen Service/ Thursday Doors

Having worked in food service for a number of years, I recognized the business name we drove past in Mexico, Missouri. But what caught my attention before that was the building it occupied.

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Arent’ these doors (and windows) attractive in how they accent this old building?

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In a hometown business, front door appeal is the best first impression.

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This Century Business Award tells it plainly that they have endured 100 years of service.

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I stepped into the breezeway and was pleased to find a more informative plaque of their prestigious award.

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Crown Linen Services operates in a pretty significant swath of area in Missouri and Illinois. And in case you hadn’t realized by now, they now have bragging rights to over 125 years of service.

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Wooldridge and Overton Bottoms/ Thursday Doors

Wooldridge, Missouri was a victim of the Flood of ’93. Driving down into the Overton Bottoms Refuge area (which is adjacent to Wooldridge), it’s hard to get a feel for the volume of water that ran this town into near collapse. This Sign signifies an entrance.

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The map helps our minds grasp a picture of the area the refuge embodies.

There were still crops to harvest at the time we meandered down this gravel road.

Driving over the tracks, aka city limits.

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I didn’t find a lot of information about Wooldridge, Missouri other than the flooding of ’93 and the founder’s name. But I found several moments where I wished for someone to be standing outside that I could have asked a few questions. In the meantime, I leave you with the last photo here of some hidden doors that are behind that semi- trailer.

Sidenote: I found it tough to snap photos of the delapidated places we drove past here. I felt I was nearly intruding on these residents and the conditions some were actually living in. But hindsight has brought me the realization that I should have photographed it for various reasons. One huge reason is for a viewpoint of the lasting impact of natural disasters. Lesson learned. 

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A Stop at Wooldridge/ Thursday Doors

I’ve hoarded some pics of a lazy drive through a very small, quiet Mid-Missouri village one Saturday in September. Time to share.

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I love this house on the hill. That, my friend, is what you call a breakfast porch. Sipping your coffee, watching the sun come up is what I would do with a view like that. I can imagine it’s been here about as long as the town has existed. Wooldridge, Missouri, named after Dr. Wooldridge, was founded in 1901.

We drove down Highway 179 passing by a chance to see a rather large Steam Engine Show. We weren’t in the spirit to mingle with large crowds so this little piece of turf seemed to fit the bill.

All small towns have abandoned buildings and most have or have at one point had a post office. The post office has been in operation since 1902. However, you must know this isn’t the original without my telling you. I bet if I had stopped in here, I may have heard some good gossip 😉 Those mail persons know quite a bit about small town inhabitants. You’ll just have to trust me on this.

Even though I have the space for more, I’ll be saving the 2nd half of this doorscursion for (possibly) the next time.

 

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Searching for Red/ Thursday Doors

Digging through the archives this week led me to some Red that will, once again, cover the Red prompt for today on Instagram and the Thursday Doors. Some unplanned time off led me down this road and I hope to be back on my photo-taking binges very soon.

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The red is pretty washed out here, but it’s hanging in there. No snow currently in Missouri at this time. But I do remember trick-or-treating in snow!

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Slightly more red and all doors seem to be present and accounted for.

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Devoid of doors as far as I can tell. But the red is definitely showing best in my 3rd choice.

A little blast from the past since we’re on the topic of farms from “The History of Pettis County, Missouri 1882”

The first crops were principally corn. Oats, wheat, hemp, flax and rye were raised. The tame grasses were not cultivated. The wild grass was considered good for all stock and hundreds of tons of prairie hay were annually mown by hand and stacked for the winter feed. At an early day spring and fall wheat were both tried. The smut and the accumulation of chintz bugs on spring wheat early convinced the farmers of this section that it was an unprofitable crop. Fall wheat, although not extensively raised, has generally done well. With the early farmers, corn was the staple product, and became the staff of life for man and beast, and the failure of the corn crop brought almost a famine. On corn, the hardy settlers depended for Johnny cake, hominy, hasty pudding, and succotash. Corn was the principal feed for horses, swine, cattle, and sheep. In the early autumn, just as soon as the ears had sufficiently ripened, the farmer with his wife and family entered the corn field, and stripped the blades from the ear down, after which they were cured, bound into bundles, and stacked as provender for winter use. The tops of the stalks were cut above the ear, bound into bundles and shocked for the cattle.

Dr. Matthew Hall / Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors in the words of Norm 2.0 is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time)

Number 15 on the walking tour of Arrow Rock, Missouri is the Dr. Matthew Hall House. Dated 1846, it is nearing 172 years old.

Arrow Rock was established in 1829.

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Dr Matthew 1 (2).jpg  The description in the self-guided tour of Dr. Hall’s influence on this town’s history is stated as saying:

15 Dr. Mathew Hall House,1846|Dr. Hall was a noted civic leader and community physician. In 1856, he moved his family to the country to escape “the evil influence of a river town.”– MDNR       To see more of this guide, click here. 

It must have been a rough place to reside at some point. Hard to imagine now.                              

For me, this town represents much of a ‘frontier-era Missouri’. It sits along the path taken by Lewis and Clark on their famous Expedition.

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I’ve been posting on this town several Thursdays now and I think it’s time to let it go with a slide show of extras. If you happen to be driving down I-70 in central Missouri though, I highly recommend taking the exit to Arrow Rock to see this River Town time capsule. It’s not a tourist trap and comes with a very scenic drive along the way. A real gem!

 

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