Category Archives: Railroad

Appanoose County Aux – Vol. 1

A few months back I cruised around Appanoose County harvesting their town signs. Found quite a few other things to photograph while I was there. Including, in this collection, a few outhouse pictures. I find the outhouse pictures to be poignant, moving, and funny. But some people might find them disagreeable. But they are not gross. All that being said, you have been warned.


Monroe County - Lovilia
Lovillia

Monroe County - Lovilia

Appanoose County - Moravia
Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia
I’ve also read that this is a myth. More research might be needed.

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia

Appanoose County - Moravia
There are 100 official Freedom Rocks, but there are a few not quite Freedom Rocks out there too.

Appanoose County - Udell
Udell – This bank still has better hours and customer service than my bank.

Appanoose County - Udell

Appanoose County - Unionville
Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville

Appanoose County - Unionville
Heart shaped!

Appanoose County - Unionville

The picture of the Buxton sign is located in Monroe County. Buxton is a fascinating bit of Iowa history. I meant to visit the Buxton ruins once, but I just didn’t trust the road. Some day soon though.

Pufferbilly Days – Saturday Afternoon

On the Saturday afternoon of Pufferbilly Days I wandered around downtown for a bit. I watched the 1st Annual Mullet and Moustache Contest. I tried to watch the Spike Driving Contest, but the weather was so blazing hot, none of the people that signed up to compete showed up to compete. So there was nothing there to photograph.

Here are some pictures:


Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Pufferbilly Days - 2022

Still at least a couple more sets of Pufferbilly Days photos to share.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is SIGNS:


WEEK 367 - SIGNS
SIGNS

SIGNS! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

But what is a SIGNS photo? Quite simply is is a photo of a SIGN(s) or of SIGNS. SIGNS. SIGNS. There are SIGNS everywhere. Messing up the scenery. Breaking my mind. Do this, don’t do that. Can’t you read the SIGN(s)?

But one thing you should definitely do is find an interesting SIGN(s) and photograph it in an interesting manner. Of course there is more than one definition of the term SIGNS.

Happy photo harvesting!

Mitchell and Floyd Aux – Vol. 2

Time for another collection of images from my road trip to Mitchell and Floyd County back in April. Most of the pictures were taken in Mitchell County.


Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar
Saint Ansgar

Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar

Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar

Mitchell County - Saint Ansgar

Mitchell County - Mona
Mona

Mitchell County

Mitchellville - Toeterville
Toeterville

Mitchellville - Toeterville

Mitchell County - Stacyville
Stacyville

Mitchell County - Stacyville

Mitchell County - Stacyville

Mitchell County - Meyer
Meyer

Mitchell County - Meyer

Mitchell County - Meyer

Mitchell County - Meyer

Mitchell County - Meyer

Mitchell County - Meyer

Mitchell County - Meyer

Mitchell County - Meyer

Mitchell County - McIntire
McIntire

Mitchell County - McIntire

Mitchell County - McIntire

Mitchell County - Riceville
Riceville

Mitchell County - Riceville

Mitchell County - Riceville

Mitchell County - Riceville

Mitchell County - Riceville

Mitchell County

Mitchell County - New Haven
New Haven

Mitchell County - Osage
Osage

Mitchell County - Osage

Mitchell County - Osage

Mitchell County - Osage

I really liked Osage. It is a town I would like to explore again in the future. It goes on the list! One more collection from this road trip to go!

WPC – WEEK 365 – GREEN

I’m not sure GREEN is going to be a popular theme. I’m not sure it won’t be. You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, September 5, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

+ Derrick Gorshe – 1 week
+ Evie Gorshe – 1 week
+ Sarah Karber – 1 week
+ Steve Martin – 1 week (2)
+ Suzie Brannen – 2 weeks
+ Jesse Howard – 3 weeks
+ Willy McAlpine – 3 weeks
+ Brandon Kahler – 4 weeks
+ Linda Bennett – 6 weeks (3)
+ Sarah Toot – 7 weeks (2)
+ Sabas Hernandez – 9 weeks
+ Monica Jennings – 9 weeks
+ Mary Green – 11 weeks
+ Angie DeWaard – 12 weeks (2)
+ Dawn Krause – 15 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 21 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 23 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 24 weeks (2)
+ Teresa Kahler – 33 weeks
+ Tamara Peterson – 33 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 33 weeks (2)
+ Michelle Haupt – 34 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 35 weeks (2)
+ Andy Sharp – 36 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 37 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 41 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 42 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 44 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 47 weeks (5)

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WEEK 365 - GREEN - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 37 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 365 - GREEN - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 22 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 13 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 365 - GREEN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 34 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 365 - GREEN - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 365 - GREEN - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 43 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 24 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 36 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 38 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 34 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 365 - GREEN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 48 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 365 - GREEN - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 365 - GREEN - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 7 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

WEEK 365 - GREEN - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 12 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 365 - GREEN - MARY GREEN
Mary Green

WEEK 365 - GREEN - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 45 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 34 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 365 - GREEN - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 8 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot

WEEK 365 - GREEN - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 35 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 16 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 365 - GREEN - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 10 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen – 3 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 25 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 5 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – 4 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner – 1 week

WEEK 365 - GREEN - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine – 4 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 42 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN- MIKE VEST
Mike Vest – 1 week

WEEK 365 - GREEN- MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 10 weeks

WEEK 365 - GREEN - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee – 1 week

28 participants this week! That is a great week! A slight dip from the last couple weeks, but that is okay. The ebb and flows.

Sabas and Monica both joined the double digit streak club! WooHoo! Congrats!

There were submissions from all over the globe this week. Submissions came from France, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, California and Alaska. I believe the picture from Alaska is the farthest north I’ve ever had a submission come from. France is pretty far east, but I think I’ve had submissions from Italy before. I don’t know what is the farthest west or farthest south off the top of my head. I think there might have been some Caribbean island pictures in the past that are the farthest south. Possibly the Alaska picture is also the farthest west too. I know people that have been in Hawai’i, but I don’t think they have submitted from there. Then you get to a point where, what is east and what is west. Some of those states are assumptions based on where people live.

I took my picture about 1 mile from my front door.

The Alaska picture, if you are wondering, is Shannon’s. I better you can figure out the pictures from France on your own.

But it wasn’t all sunshine and flowers and Iowa State beating Iowa in soccer. AND volleyball. AND football. There was some bad news. Derrick, Evie, Sarah Karber, and Steve couldn’t extend their streak past 1 week.

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:


WEEK 366 - PATHS
PATHS

PATHS! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

WARNING! WARNING! NEXT MONDAY I WILL NOT BE NEAR A COMPUTER DURING THE MORNING! THEREFORE, THERE WILL DEFINITELY BE NO REMINDER MESSAGES NEXT WEEK! YOU WILL BE ON YOUR OWN TO GET YOUR SUBMISSIONS IN!

But what is a PATHS image? It is simply an image where a PATH(S) is a major compositional element. Lots of things can qualify as a PATH(S). A sidewalk. A trail. A street. Railroad tracks. A PATH(S) doesn’t just show where somebody or something is going, but can also show where they have been.

While considering possible subjects for your image, mediate on the following quote:

If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.
-Anatole France

I look forwarding to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

You can send your images to either bennett@photography139.com OR you may text them to my Pixel 5.

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of PATHS in this place that is my trail through the wilderness of life next Monday.

Dickinson and Emmet Aux – Vol. 2

This is the second and final collection of auxiliary images I took while harvesting the town signs of Dickinson and Emmet County. A few are taken in Humboldt County and the final picture is taken in Greene County. Some of the trips to harvest town signs are very long and sometimes I don’t eat or barely eat on these trips. While I was harvesting town signs out west and northwest, I would consistently hit up the A&W drive-thru in Jefferson. So delicious! I would gladly trade Boone’s Evil Clown Empire Outpost AND the Burger King that is allegedly opening back up in a couple months for an A&W. No regrets. The last picture is from that Jefferson A&W drive-thru. Miss you! I will come see you again soon.

Here is the final collection of images from Dickinson and Emmet County:


Dickinson County - Superior
Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville
I can only imagine putting 32 quarters in the slot to get my 1000 gallons of water.

Emmet County - Estherville
Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville
Little known fact – Meteors aim for Iowa.

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville
Actual chunk of the meteorite.

Emmet County - Wallingford
Wallingford – He-s looking to see where the rest of his hat went.

Emmet County - Gruver
Gruver

Emmet County - Armstrong
Armstrong

Humboldt County - Bradgate
Bradgate

Humboldt County - Bradgate

Humboldt County - Bradgate

Greene County - Jefferson
Mmmmmm… Fried Cheese Curds (Not available at B-Bop’s, for the record)

The next time we hit the open road to view some of the auxiliary images I took while harvesting town signs for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT, we will visit Mitchell and Floyd County.

Dickinson and Emmet Aux – Vol. 1

A few months back I made a trip up to and through Dickinson and Emmet County to harvest their town signs. I had already harvested a good chunk of Dickinson County earlier. I really need to do a better photo experience in the Okoboji area cause on this trip I didn’t explore much. I got to see a little bit more of the area when I went camping with Carla and Jason several weeks later. I’ll share those pictures at a later date.

Here is the first collection of auxiliary images from that trip. Some of these are taken in Clay County:


Clay County - Peterson
Peterson

Clay County - Peterson

Clay County - Peterson

Clay County - Peterson

Clay County - Peterson

Dickinson County - Terril
Terril – Happy Timers? How do you not have a smiley face on your yellow building?!?!?

Dickinson County - Terril

Dickinson County - West Okoboji
West Okoboji

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park
Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Arnolds Park

Dickinson County - Okoboji
Okoboji

Dickinson County - Okoboji

Dickinson County - Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake

Dickinson County - Orleans
Orleans

Dickinson County - Orleans

Dickinson County - Superior
Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Dickinson County - Superior

Are you wondering about the “Ghost Train”? It is located between Spirit Lake and Superior and was once part of the Spirit of the Lakes dinner train. Those cars are trapped there as the tracks have been removed on both sides, so even if somebody wanted to move them, they are stuck.

This is from a WHO story in 2014:

The Iowa Northwestern Dinner Train started in 2003 on a track which had been abandoned by Union Pacific. The line served meals and gave rides out of the Spirit Lake area. It didn’t last long, operations stopped about nine years ago. Since that time, its passenger cars and kitchen dinning car have been parked on a rail siding near Superior, Iowa.

Vandals have broken windows and dismantled seats. Many things used in the operation of the Dinner Train were left behind, including an electric food warmer, coffee dispensers, plates and Christmas decorations.

Most of the article is about how awesome the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad Dinner Train is. I actually have never rode that train. I need to get on that.

There is one more collection of images from this trip to share.

Black Hawk County Aux – Vol. 1

Several months back I cruised around Black Hawk County harvesting the balance of their town signs. It was somewhat of an abbreviated trip because I had to be in Marshalltown for supper with my friends from The Witch Hunt. Therefore there wasn’t a ton of auxiliary images from Black Hawk County. In fact, a good portion of the pictures from these posts are going to be from Buchanan County and Marshall County.

Here is the first collection of auxiliary images from the trip:


Black Hawk County - Cedar Falls
Cedar Falls – I did not.

Black Hawk County - Cedar Falls

Black Hawk County - Cedar Falls

Black Hawk County - Cedar Falls

Black Hawk County - Dunkerton
Dunkerton

Buchanan County - Fairbank
Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank
Their attempts to cover up some of the graffiti cracks me up.

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Fairbank

Buchanan County - Littleton
Littleton – I feel like this used to be a town sign that these people appropriated.

Black Hawk County - Jesup
Jesup – How is all this incredible stuff still up for grabs!

Black Hawk County - Jesup

Black Hawk County - Jesup

Black Hawk County - Jesup

Black Hawk County - Jesup

Black Hawk County - Raymond
Raymond – Purple Hawks

Black Hawk County - Raymond

Black Hawk County - Gilbertsville
Gilbertsville

Black Hawk County - Gilbertsville

Black Hawk County - La Port City
La Port City

There is still another collection of images from this road trip to share.

Woodbury County Aux – Vol. 1

A few months back I cruised around with Jesse harvesting the town signs of Woodbury County. I actually took hardly any auxiliary pictures in Woodbury County because we were in a time crunch. We were meeting Bill in Harlan for lunch. So actually hardly any of the auxiliary images on this trip were taken in Woodbury County. Most of them were taken in Carroll County.

Here is the first collection of auxiliary images:



There is still one more collection of these images left to be shared.

Fat Mum Slim – July 2022

A quick heads up. If you were thinking of going to or entering an animal into the Pufferbilly Days Dog and Exotic Animal Show, because of the extreme heat of today it was postponed. It is now tomorrow at noon at the park on 9th and Story.

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I have another month done in the Fat Mum Slim Photo a Day Challenge. This month wasn’t as difficult as last month because they were just standard themes. I think the images I took are a fair record of my experiences in July.


July 1
July 1 – Reflection

July 2
July 2 – Letters

July 3
July 3 – Human

July 4
July 4 – I’m Working On This…

July 5
July 5 – Wall

July 6
July 6 – Bright Colours

July 7
July 7 – A Fave Place

July 8
July 8 – Out of Focus

July 9
July 9 – A Boomerang

July 10
July 10 – Behind Someone

July 11
July 11 – Interior

July 12
July 12 – Exterior

July 13
July 13 – Life

July 14
July 14 – Create A Postcard

July 15
July 15 – Where I Stood

July 16
July 16 – Pattern

July 17
July 17 – Water

July 18
July 18 – Street Photography

July 19
July 19 – A Cylinder

July 20
July 20 – Hug

July 21
July 21 – A Church

July 22
July 22 – Current Interest

July 23
July 23 – Still Life

July 24
July 24 – A Metaphor

July 25
July 25 – Beauty

July 26
July 26 – Beauty

July 27
July 27 – Countryside

July 28
July 28 – An Old Car

JULY 29
July 29 – Black and White

July 30
July 30 – Happy Days


July 31 – Sunday Morning

I think there was some pretty good work in July. Hopefully some good work to be done in August.

Here are the August prompts:

August 1 – I Am…
August 2 – I Love This Colour…
August 3 – I Walked Here…
August 4 – I Like To…
August 5 – I Love This Time of Day…
August 6 – I Love…
August 7 – I Made This…
August 8 – I Work Here…
August 9 – I Held This…
August 10 – I Wrote This…
August 11 – I Saw…
August 12 – I Like To Drink…
August 13 – I Stood Here…
August 14 – I Do This On Sundays…
August 15 – I Once…
August 16 – I Never…
August 17 – I Went To…
August 18 – I Read This…
August 19 – I Did This Good Thing…
August 20 – I Love This View…
August 21 – I Don’t Life To…
August 22 – On Mondays I…
August 23 – I Sat Here…
August 24 – I Like To Eat…
August 25 – I Have To…
August 26 – I Wore This…
August 27 – On Weekends I…
August 28 – I Watched This…
August 29 – I Can…
August 30 – I Can’t…
August 31 – I Believe…

I guess people will get to know me better this month… unless I can help it.

If you want to follow this project on the daily, they are posted on my Fat Mum Slim Instagram account.

@fmsbennett

Otherwise, we’ll check in on this next month.