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Thomas Brown PIT Project – Part 4

The new logs were notched and ready. The old sill logs had been carted off and reused for other parts of the project. One crew had been out all day collecting rocks large enough to act as foundations. It was … Continue reading

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Thomas Brown Cabin PIT Project – Part 3

The weather was perfect, the volunteers were motivated, and the setting was beautiful, everything was perfect. Everything except a certain Forest Service chainsaw that was assigned to our project (we’ll call him Husqvarna…although I have no idea if he was … Continue reading

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Thomas Brown Cabin PIT Project – Part 2

The 25 foot U-Haul truck on a dirt road in the middle of the Mark Twain National Forest looked really out of place. But it was the three extra feet of huge pine logs sticking out the back that really … Continue reading

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Thomas Brown Cabin PIT Project – Part 1

After a two and a half hour drive, and one wrong turn (thanks Google Maps), here I was at the Winona Ranger Station looking for the “bunkhouse” that I would be staying in for the next week of my historic … Continue reading

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The Genealogy Bug

Last week while I was preoccupied with other projects and not paying attention, I once was again bitten by the “Genealogy Bug.” While not usually life-threatening, these bites can cause irritability, distraction, blurry vision (computer induced) and headaches. I also have … Continue reading

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If These Walls Could Talk

On June 12, 1990, a former cook walked in to the Missouri State Penitentiary for the first time. Everyone of his senses was assaulted at once. The smell of sweat, urine and hot pavement made him nauseas. The sounds of … Continue reading

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Hunting & Fishing in the Ozarks

  A few times a year I volunteer with The Missouri Department of Conservation to teach Hunter Education. I always enjoy the enthusiasm of the kids (and the adults) as we discuss and learn about the history of hunting and … Continue reading

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CCC Camp Palace, MO

As we often do on the weekends, my wife and I were browsing a local antique store.  This weekend we were at Memory Lane Antiques in Ava, MO when we noticed this picture of a CCC Camp at Palace, MO. … Continue reading

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Old Photographs

A photograph is a glimpse at a specific moment in the past.  A moment that will never occur again.  A place that no one can ever go back to or change.  I am fascinated by old photographs and those brief moments … Continue reading

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Breakfast at the Hotel Seville

I love breakfast! There I said it. I have admitted my addiction. Breakfast is another one of those taboo things that I have had to give up as I get older. Not the meal itself, just the best parts of … Continue reading

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