The Barn Under Blue Skies

The barn

This barn sits on some property my parents owned on highway 67 in southeastern Missouri from about 1970 until 1990.  Our family built this barn in the early 1970s.  It’s the only building still standing on the 55 acre property.  It’s in pretty bad shape but it’s still standing.  My parent’s lived in a mobile home and had several small buildings and sheds which are all gone now.

They had recently made the highway a 4–lane divided highway (previously 2–lane) and we were worried that they would take most of the cleared area there, but it appears they added the other lanes on the other side of the highway.  The old highway used to go through several small towns but now the new highway bypasses the towns and you have to exit the highway to go to the towns.  The economy and the fact that the highway doesn’t go through anymore has meant the death of many of the small businesses that seemed to do well when we traveled that way fairly regularly back in the 70s and 80s.

CementeryAfter stopping at the farm we went on down the highway another 45 minutes to the cemetery where my parents are buried.  Their grave rests under this humongous tree.

It was an extremely clear day with a brisk breeze.

Not far from the barn we saw a brush fire alongside the highway.   What looked like 6 or 8 firefighters (in pickup trucks) got the fire under control quickly. 

Brush fire2

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19 comments to The Barn Under Blue Skies

  • KLAW

    Thanks for the great pics and all of the volunteer fire fighters. It makes me sad to see the Mom and Pop stores go by the wayside. Quite similar to Route 66, eh?

    • Jonco

      Yes, I’m sure it is. The little town of Cherokee Pass was always interesting to drive through down there. It had two motels (I think it was two) a couple of restaurants, a Dog n’ Suds (or favorite stop) and a few other small businesses. They’re all gone now and they’ve built a new service station that you can see and get to from the new highway. That killed the two older stations in the town. I’m sure the people who were along the old Route 66 can relate.

  • KLAW

    Oh, one more thing. It is obvious I am NOT a bird expert, that big ass tree looks like a Burr Oak to me……..

  • Richard

    Your posting reminded me that I need advice from the B&P gang about travel this year. My wife and I are thinking about flying to Denver and renting a car. I will probably head either West towards Salt Lake or Northwest towards Glacier National Park. Any hints from you folks who might live in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana will be appreciated.

    • DJ

      ALN is in northern Idaho, and if you’re that far, you might as well drive another 700 miles and deliver a load of hugs to Bella.

  • KLAW

    Go northwest young man. SLC is boring.

  • Tom Smith

    Very cool. Just lost a piece of property like that to foreclosure.

  • StAnne

    Nice photos. I love old barns and traveling the secondary routes. I’m planning another trip to the southern tip of Ohio for family history research. Once south of Columbus I always try to find a new back road route. So many forgotten little towns.

  • onedeafeye

    If you’re starting from Denver you can take I-70 west and then detour on 128 in Utah to see Moab and Arches National Park. The direction you’d be approaching Moab is the one with the best scenery, and it is truly amazing. And by all means, see Glacier. After Green River take 6 going NW and then north on I-15, then the I-90 past Missoula and north on 93 in Montana to get to the west entrance to Glacier and over Logan’s Pass. As an alternative, near Blackfoot, Idaho, take the road to Arco and detour to see Craters of the Moon, then north on 93 all the way to West Glacier.

    • Mathman54

      I drive up and down I15 at least once a year, and I’ve often wondered what the best ways to get to see some of that beautiful country would be. I’ll make a note to detour.

      Does anyone know if there is a web site with recommended scenic routes?

      • revrick315

        I just watch this site to see where Jonco’s going to ride and then I drive around that area…

      • Richard

        I’m not too keen on seeing the country at 75 mph either, so I’ll be plotting out an alternate to I-15.

      • onedeafeye

        I live just north of Montana in Canada, and I’ve been around southern B.C. and Alberta, northern Washington, Idaho, Montana, western Wyoming, Utah east of I-15, western Colorado, northern New Mexico and northern Arizona for holidays for the last 40 years. From what I’ve found, there’s a ton of stuff to see and do, and if you want to take a secondary road you probably won’t go wrong anywhere in there. Just get some maps and figure out a loop you can do in the time you have and go exploring. Then take the next 6 months and try to get the grin off.

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