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Wandering Iris Tuesday Pik – Red Oak II, Missouri

Red Oak II is along an old stretch of Rt 66 about 20 miles east of Joplin Missouri.  It is also about 20 miles west of the original Red Oak.  Most of the buildings were moved by the Missouri artist Lowell Davis.  Red Oak was his childhood home.  He lovingly restored the homes and businesses and placed them to look like a small town.

When you drive through this town you can imagine that it is 1930.  He also added some funny pieces to his town like a child care center that is a large cage.

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Wandering Iris Tuesday Pik

Osceola Cheese Factory Store

Osceola, Missouri

South of Kansas City along Highway 13 is this store that sells cheese.  What seems like hundreds of different kinds of cheeses.  They sell other things also, but cheese is why you come here.  Even tour buses stop here.  

On the shelves, placed in and around the cheeses, you will find containers with little cheese cubes in then and also containers with toothpicks.  Who needs lunch when you can fill up on cheese samples?

 

check it out at

https://osceolacheese.com

 

 

 

Wandering Iris Tuesday Pik – Picher, Oklahoma

This week is not a happy Pik, but it’s a story that needs to be told.  Picher Oklahoma is one of America’s most polluted places and includes the small town of Cardin, 2 miles to the southwest.  The pollution is due to the mining of lead and zinc.  A study in 1996 showed lead poisoning in 34% of the children in Picher.

To add insult to injury, it was hit by an EF4 tornado in 2008.  The last class to graduate from the High School was in 2009.  There were 11 students graduating.

Picher and Cardin are now ghost towns.  These photos tell the story.

 

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These hills are are piles of slag, left overs of the extensive mining.

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Wandering Iris Tuesday Pik – Turners, MO

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Some people call this place Turners and to others it is known as Turners Station.  There is not much left of this sweet little community that is located about 3 miles east of Springfield Missouri.  100 years ago this was a thriving community on the railroad.  What makes this community so special?  In 2004 it was designated a Greene County Historic site because it has the oldest continually running grocery store in Greene County Missouri. 

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The Turners arrived from Tennessee in 1857.  The first store was built about a quarter of a mile away and was called Turnerville.  After the Civil War the name was changed to Daisy.  In 1881 the Turners donated land to the railroad.  As happens with many communities, the hub of the community moved to the railroad site.  Nothing is left of the first little town.  

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A store has been on this spot since 1889 and has been owned  and run by the same family for 6 generations.   The original building burned down in 1923.  The family rebuilt their store and many of the local farmers helped.  The stones that were used to rebuild the store are field rocks that the farmers brought in from their fields.

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Today there is the store which is also the post office and a restaurant, a home next to the store and up on a hill there is a cemetery.  The Turner Cemetery.  Many years ago there was a water tower for the steam engines, the store/post office, several homes, a school, a barbershop, a tomato canning factory.  In the fifties there were gas pumps out front, so the store was also the gas station.  A youth center (which is gone now) was built on land behind the store.

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In a time when most of these little communities have all but disappeared, Turners is going strong. 

Wandering Iris Tuesday Pik – Week 16

“The Old Calaboose”

The old Springfield Missouri City Jail

The first jail in Springfield Mo was a log jail erected in about 1847.  A new log building was erected in 1874.  The wooden buildings deteriorated quickly.  In June 1891 the City Council decided it needed a stone, brick or concrete building.  Builder and architect Axel Skoog was chosen to build the new jail for $2,998.00.

The new jail was finished in May 1992.  It was named “The Calaboose”.  There were 2 cells on the ground floor for men and 2 cells on the second floor for women.  In 1921 it was remodeled.  It was decided to house the women prisoners in the County Jail and 2nd floor was remodeled to hold fire alarm equipment.  By 1955 it was so out of date that the building was turned in storage.  It was restored again in 1999 to be used as a police substation, with a police museum on the first floor. 

The photos show a number of large holes from gunfire.  The building is a 26 foot square with a 3 foot by 7 foot entry.

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