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.
After 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.
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