Ever since the golden spike was driven, railroad tracks have woven a web of economical transport across America. Projected to be supplanted by both the automobile and airplane, trains have at first steamed then chugged and now zip along, defying oblivion. Here an abandon rail yard is reclaimed by vegetation as will occur to anything relinquished to natures care. The American railroad system still goes everywhere, it can take you there. All aboard!
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This Goodwin Creedmoore rifle sight on my 45/70 is similar to one used during army tests in 1887. The gun was able to fire a black powder cartridge bullet through 4 inches of oak and 8 inches of sand behind it. The impressive fact is that this was done at a distance of one and a half miles.
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I have run across functional water wheels in grain processing mills all over Southern Missouri. They sure make a quaint sight along rushing water. The one pictured is along side of a bakery, used to power mixers. This brings new meaning to water bread. Whoda thunk?
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The hibiscus is prolific in my part of Arkansas. These tropical shrubs have beautiful flowers that range from 2 inches to 1 foot in size. Good drainage is essential for these perennials, as the roots will rot easily if left in soggy soil The Ph of the soil should be 6.0 to 7.0. They require high fertility in the soil to bloom well. Use a balanced fertilizer, such as 10-10-10.
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This image was taken down the barrel of a 45 70 buffalo gun. The "fire" is sourced from a flashlight placed in the open receiver. Every time I look at this picture I imagine the wholesale slaughter of the American Bison. At on time it was reported a herd of bison so massive ,covering the plain as far as you could see and it took the herd more than an hour to pass by.
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Livery Stable. Seeing this old livery stable, I just had to go inside to check out the livery I found no livery and detected nothing faintly resembling liver in any way (it usually has a distinct odor). I suppose that the livery had gone to the hay barn to improve their diet.
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Long ago but not so very far away, horsepower was literal. Horses were hitched to a myriad of conveyances to transport people to places they had never seen, far and wide. Stuff was also shuffled around to those people in places. Wagons and carts an surreys with fringe on top (for the more fortunate ones). However you cut it, the ride was a bumpy one for macadam was a thing of the future.
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Meat markets were also a thing of the future in the 1800s. If you wanted meat you bartered or did the grow your own thing. Goats were ideal for growing your own, they would supply milk ( the girl kind anyway) and after they butted you in the butt to many times they would supply meat and some of the softest hides of all animals. I found these inquisitive goats at a pioneer village. When I approached to tighten the shot, the white one licked my lens.
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This is my Lyman Hawken replica that I built. It is the gun that accompanied many westward migrants in the mid 1800s. Rugged and reliable, not only could it shoot, it could pry a wagon wheel loose from a mud hole. They are from a very simple design, easy to use and easy to work on.
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