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Mitchell, South Dakota. Home of the Last Crop Palace

October 22, 2016


The world’s only remaining crop palace is a premier tourist attraction in this small city of a little over 15,000. The Mitchell Corn Palace is certainly something to see, and some 500,000 tourists come each year from all over the country to do exactly that. They wander through the inside of the building, reading the […]

Southwestern Wrap, Part Two. Arizona and Texas

February 11, 2015


Arizona and New Mexico One Color Fits All The opportunity to see how people in other areas of the country live is the most interesting benefit of traveling.  I like to check out the architecture as it changes across the country – after all, architecture and culture are closely intertwined. During our stays in New […]

Water Worries in the Arizona Desert

January 30, 2015


When we visited the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, we saw several paintings from Doug Smith’s American Agricultural Landscape series. They struck me as odd, since the works all depicted Midwestern farm scenes, but a quote Mr. Smith attributed to an anonymous source stuck with me: “Man, despite his sophistication and his many accomplishments, […]

November, 2012. Jennings, Louisiana. A Step Back in Time.

November 14, 2012


Walking into the W. H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum is a giant step back into 1940’s rural Louisiana. And the story of how this unique museum came to be is truly amazing. Rural families in the early days of the 1900’s were a pretty isolated lot. Shopping for farm and family necessities meant a long, […]

November, 2012. Henderson, Louisiana. Raisin’ Cane

November 11, 2012


From dawn to dusk they rumble by. The big semi-trailers loaded with just-harvested sugar cane shake our little home as they roll past our bedroom window. Their destination is the Louisiana Sugar Cooperative near St. Martinville, where the bamboo-like stalks will be turned into raw sugar and black strap molasses. This huge, modern factory-like facility […]

September, 2012. VanWert Ohio – Growing Electricity in Rural Ohio

September 29, 2012


Yes, they grow corn and soybeans in VanWert Ohio, but this area’s true bumper crop is wind turbines. They are popping up all over on the Blue Creek Wind Farm, spread out over 6 townships, planted here by the Spanish renewable energy company, Iberdrola, which operates in the US out of Portland, Oregon. The first large-scale […]

March, 2012. Fredericksburg, Texas. When Is A Wildflower Not Wild?

March 13, 2012


When it’s grown commercially at Wildseed Farms, on US 290, just a few miles east of Fredericksburg. This is quite a place.  It makes big-box garden centers look sickly and under stocked. And, when you’ve shopped ‘til you’ve dropped, you can take a break and recharge with a beer or a glass of Texas wine. […]