Wednesday, July 15, 2015

#676 Ozarks Bungalow flooring

A lot has been happening at our Ozarks Bungalow.

Lately, we've been focused on flooring.  In the photo below, the living room floor in the background had been covered with carpeting that we removed in August. Then there's a gap where the wall used to be and the kitchen flooring is in the foreground.
The kitchen floor was covered with tile and we removed that in February.
Underneath both of those floor coverings, we found tongue-in-groove 1.5-inch white oak and that's what we want to keep.  So in preparation for refinishing the living room and kitchen floors, Kelly has been installing new flooring to fill the gap between the two rooms.
Two-year-old Sam is a big help.  He especially likes to deliver nails from the nail box to Kelly's hand -

unless, of course, he's way too busy eating grapes.

Yours in flooring,

Monday, July 13, 2015

#675 Butterfield Overland Mail Route in Missouri

Five miles south of our home, the historic Butterfield Overland Mail Route meanders through the Missouri Ozarks - and we are on a mission to find it!

The Butterfield Overland Mail Company held the US government contract for mail delivery between Saint Louis and San Francisco from 1857 to 1861.  Using stagecoaches, celerity wagons, and 139 horse relay stations along the route, the mail could be delivered nearly 3,000 miles in 25 days.

We knew parts of the old trail still existed, so we set out to find it.  Lucky for us, the route comes close to our home and there's a map guy in the family.

Sometimes the trail is easy to find - such as when the road is labeled "Butterfield Trail Road."  (I bet those stagecoach drivers would have loved a Garmin GPS!)  

Other sections of the trail, though, are not so easy to find.  But if you persevere, you will see some beautiful Missouri country and come closer to imagining what it might have been like to travel by stage 150 years ago.

Waterman Ormsby, a reporter for the New York Herald, was the only through passenger on the first coach to leave Saint Louis.  For his first-hand account of the 24-day trip beginning September 26, 1858, be sure to read: 
Ormsby, Waterman Lilly, Lyle Henry Wright, and Josephine M. Bynum. 1942. The Butterfield overland mail. San Marino, Calif: The Huntington library. 
Yours in traveling by pretend-stagecoach through beautiful Missouri,