From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Along Highway 68/80

Life in Christian County, Kentucky... Life in The Upper South... The Rural Life...






The farmland in southern Christian and Todd Counties in Kentucky is said to be some of the best in the state. Some of the farms in that area have been long established and have seen some prosperity over the years. As an example, here's an attractive old farmhouse east of Hopkinsville along Highway 68/80.

The photo below includes their new farm sign. I stopped to get a closer look at it after noticing it a few days ago. As I zipped by at highway speed, all I saw was the barn on the sign. In fact, I thought that they had put up a painting with a barn scene and I was intrigued by the idea. But no -- it's a farm sign with their names, not just a barn picture.

Doesn't that corn look good? The fields in this area lie just above Little River, and corn usually does well in them. It is dryland corn (not irrigated), but the rain this year has been nicely timed. Farmers here can count their blessings, as many areas of the U.S. are suffering from drought or from an excess of rain!



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