Thursday, June 7, 2012

Larned, KS, June 6-7, 2012

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It is winter wheat harvest time in Kansas where we are.
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This field has four harvesters sweeping this field.
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We are also near where the Santa Fe Trail went in Kansas.  Have to admit we did not know much about the Santa Fe Trail before arriving here, but now I do.  I am standing in one of the many ruts.  It was not just a single file trail, but a wide several wagons wide trail.
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It is kind of hard to see, but we are in a cemetery and along the fence, you see greener areas, the undulations of the several tracks of the trail along the fence.  Bob is standing in one of the ruts of the Santa Fe trail.
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Our visit to Fort Larnard was nice and informative.  They had some very unique displays.
Below is a bunk that was used in the Civil War.
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This bunk was constructed at Fort Mifflin, Pennsylvania, in 1861.  Fort Mifflin served to confine Confederate prisoners-of-war during the Civil War.  When the war ended in 1865, the room which this bunk and others were located was sealed off and forgotten.  Only recently was this room reopened revealing the Civil War artifacts it contained.”
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This is how you build a fence with no wooden fence posts.  These posts are out of quarried rock.  Also loved the handmade barbed wire.
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Another harvester.
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5 comments:

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

Nice story, and some great plains pics:)

Paul and Marsha Weaver...OCT. 17, 2009 said...

Thanks for the history lesson on the Santa Fe Trail. I knew nothing about it also.

Peter + Beatrix said...

Very interesting, especially that "rock-hard" fence post.

Kathy said...

Isn't in fascinating to watch the farmer bring in the harvest? Amazing choreography. I had heard you could still see the ruts from the wagons, but thought they would have eroded away by now! Great post!

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Trying to figure how many wagons had to pass over the same ground to make all those ruts.

Probably in the future, they'll be wondering how many RVs passed to make all the ruts in Quartzsite? ;c)

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