Three buildings of the decommissioned Missouri State Penitentiary, 10 July 2014

Detained…Contained

Before it closed in 2004, the Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) was the oldest operating prison west of the Mississippi River. Ten years after becoming a state, then-governor John Miller proposed a prison, and two years later funding was approved. Construction began in 1834; in 1836 the first prisoner arrived. At its peak, the MSP contained* 5200 prisoners.  The prison has a long and torrid…

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Buyer Beware

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly blog link-up based on a photo prompt. The Challenge - write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle, and end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.) The Key - make every word count. Up to the challenge? Join in!  ***** “She bought the place sight-unseen,” my…

Bagnell Dam

Placed-in-Service, 1931

Bagnell Dam Turbine, 12 July 2014 This cast steel, 50-ton turbine sitting on the shore on the Osage River side of the Bagnell Dam at the Lake of the Ozarks is one of the originals. It was placed in service in 1931, after 20 months of 24-hour-a-day construction to build the dam, and stayed in use for 70 years.…

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An Approaching Storm

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly blog link-up based on a photo prompt. The Challenge - write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle, and end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.) The Key - make every word count. Up to the challenge? Join in!  ***** Mommy, where do clouds come from?…

GCS Ballpark

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Grizzlies vs Rascals, GCS Ballpark, Sauget, Illinois, 5 July 2014 GCS Ballpark is home of the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League, a non-MLB-affiliated, independent, professional baseball league with fourteen teams. It is our favorite family field. Tickets and food are cheap–like actual cheap with lawn seats at $5 and huge hotdogs at $3.50. We sit on the…

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In The Garden

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly blog link-up based on a photo prompt. The Challenge - write a one hundred word story that has a beginning, middle, and end. (No one will be ostracized for going a few words over the count.) The Key - make every word count. ***** “You know,” he said after a period of silence, “he was…

Mushroom

Outdoors Indoors

Mushroom in the Poinsettia, 20 June 2014 I left the windows in my house open until the last possible minute. Four days after shutting out the fresh air and the humidity that was building, I noticed this mushroom had sprouted in my poinsettia pot. I was struck by the contrast between the white mushroom and…