The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mormon Pioneer Trail - Good Fences


Sutherland, Nebraska

I was on the track in search of some faint remains of the original Mormon Pioneer Trail used by the Mormons from 1839 through 1846.  I think I saw it in the distant hills and if I did, the prairie grass all but hid it.  But I was rewarded with this junction of fencing and the old metal spoke wheels just sitting there.


 I doubt these wheels had any part in the Mormons and their travels to Utah.  
Their wagons surely had wood wheels.

I was surprised that no one had taken them for yard decorations.  The barbed wire was not run through the wheels either.  I think few people know the Mormon Trail is out here (or couldn't care any less) and the locals themselves have enough old farm artifacts already on their properties.

This was an ingenious yet simple latch for the wire gate.  The tension from the gate pulls on the chain trying to flip the flatiron around the post but the notched end of the flatiron resting on the barbed wire keeps it in place.  Brilliant!

If I couldn't see wagon rut tracks in the prairie grass I am sure I'd never see a geological survey marker buried in the ground.  "No worries Department of the Interior."

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24 comments:

  1. That is interesting to find the remains of Mormons tracks.

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  2. A solution born out of necessity. Not bad at all.

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  3. Pretty countryside scene! I can picture the Mormons making their way along the trail! I love the wheels! Great captures, enjoy your day!

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  4. I'm glad everyone has left the wheels there! Neat photos!

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  5. we got to Nebraska on our last trip. such a great state. so different from VA. i really love the 1st shot. hang it on a nail ready. have a great day! ( :

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  6. oooooo i really like these images John and the b&w ones are cool too. the gate latch is wonderful.

    true western images.

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  7. what a neat place! loved the gate latch - looks like part of an old barrel stave, maybe. and the old wheels are a nice fence add. :)

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  8. This is my kind of shot and my kind of location for an adventure.

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  9. Curious...why are we so intrigued by old stuff like wagon wheels on a fence line? Nice shots, John.

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  10. I've heard of the Oregon Trail and even read some books that were actual journals written by travelers during that time. But, I had never heard or thought about the Mormon Trail.

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  11. Good post. I would like to go searching for the trail too. MB

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  12. Great captures for our Good Fences today, but I must say my favorite is your last on and that sign!

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  13. I thought the wheels in the lovely B & W 2nd shot reminds me of a penny farthing bike

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  14. I love things like that latch!

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  15. lovin' those old wagon wheels and i also love the fact that nobody has stolen them! but if they did, i guess we would have never known ;) how cool to see that old trail!

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  16. These were great. The prairie grass looks great and those wheels are so cool looking. I really enjoyed your BW shots too. They show off the detail so well.

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  17. Brilliant indeed. To think that was all made by hand and is still standing!

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  18. Looks like you found a wonderful part of history. I love the ingenious gate latch. Great photos.

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  19. Love these fence shots. Great composition. So glad you found the marker and recorded it for history. they seem to disappear often.

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  20. Lovely photos, Jon.
    What a nice find!

    Peace :)

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  21. so glad you linked to Good Fences...these are wonderful. I have never seen that way of shutting a gate either...people do what they have to do.

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  22. Love that second shot with the wagon wheels.

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  23. Love that second shot with the wagon wheels.

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