These homes caught my shutter lense. I liked the garden landscape and house combination for one, and for the other, the flat front tirek child's hobby horse, and unkept front yard seemed prototypical of the domestic economics in Dodge City at the time I was there.
An individual has created a unique series of metal art with an idea, a torch, a theme using people or animals as creations, and a lot of pizzaz. Located in a very small town called Mulinville; about 40 miles to the east of Dodge City on Hwy400/54. Mr. M. T. Liggett retired from a job and started this art. He is now 79 year old and still does art pieces, almost all from scrap metal and discarded farm parts.
Liggett depicts many slanderous and slanted type art against politicians and local community people. Some of these are "harsh" criticisms of politicians and what they did to claim the fame. The row of pieces stretches for at least 200 feet, and the tallest is 20 feet.
These nests are strung along the highway on 400/54 that we took toward Dodge City. They are of Cliff swallows, who build mud cup like nests under the bridge overpasses. It seemed to be a very unique site, and one for a picture to take, or two. They apparently live in groups, and the nests are side by side. Flocks of the birds need to be near a site where there is mud, and they use dolop beads of mud to build the structure. These birds catch insects so like the open area and near fields to swing down and catch them.
This town of only 1574 residents were hit by a big tornado in May, 207. It wiped out 95% of the town buildings and commercial places. Over the last two years, the rebuild has been in progress and much is left to do. A few of the devastated homes still stand. The town had about 30 square blocks that were effected. They decided to rebuild with "green" standards, and got subsidies form Federal and other entities to do so. They even have a program on TV showing the lives of the people as they progress into the new building.
Just outside of town are some wagon wheel ruts on the Santa Fe Trail, but don't expect much.
Just down Highway 56 out of Dodge is the town of Montezuma and the SUPERB Stouth Museum which has an alliance with the Smithsonian so it's always hosting fantastic national touring exhibits.
I love old cemetaries, so we stopped into this one, let the girls out of the car for a break, and went exploring. Some of the gravestones were marked back to the 1840's, which is impressive for the US. The girls liked looking at the old markers and asking questions. It let's your mind wander with questions like "I wonder what this person looked like, how he lived, what he did?" It is facinating to me!
The town is rather short of period residential architecture, but I found these clustered on the hillside.