Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Cherokee Road, Bremen, Kansas


I mentioned on Saturday that my mother-in-law lives in the small town of Hanover, Kansas. The family farm, now owned by my wife's youngest brother and his wife, is several miles outside the hamlet of Bremen. A Kansas state web site says that the population is 347 but that must include the outlying farms. My wife always said the town proper had 45 - 50 people. Yet, there is a post office, a bar and and a farmers insurance company.

There aren't paved roads back here. The county roads are gravel, on a grid one mile apart and are graded periodically. When the weather is dry, passing cars kick up a big cloud of dust. Cherokee Road runs east - west past the family farm. Here, a car driving into the sunset stirs up the baking Kansas soil.


WHAT I LISTENED TO IN THE CAR DRIVING BACK FROM KANSAS CITY YESTERDAY MORNING: Pimsleur's Japanese, Level 1, Lessons 18 and 19. Hajimemashite, dozo yoroshiku.

TOMORROW: Kansas school days.

10 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

The thing about gravel roads that I remember, besides the dust, is the noise cars make when traveling over them.

Abraham Lincoln
—Brookville, Ohio

Virginia said...

This is a great photo in my humble opinion. Those telephone poles all lined up just right, just enough dust....perfect. As for your Japanese, Free tranlastion.com threw up their hands on that one.

Saretta said...

Your photos really move me. I keep thinking about the Family Pictures from August 3. It is so AMERICAN. No in a good way or a bad way, just is.

Lake Lady said...

I agree with Virginia....great job of taking something we consider ordinary and showing us a new way to look at it. Drop by my Corsicana Daily Photo blog tomorrow to pick up an award, please!

Snapper said...

A timeless photograph. Is it 2008 or 1948 or...? Well done!

Knoxville Girl said...

This evokes scenes of the Dust Bowl and Steinbeck novels. Well done.

Olivier said...

cela me fait penser à une chanson du chanteur Lavilliers "On the road again". j'aime beaucoup
it makes me think of a song singer Lavilliers "On the road again." I love

Petrea said...

This stirs my Midwestern soul.

Bibi said...

Makes me think of "On the Road." BW adds a special touch.

slim said...

Dust Bowl came to my mind as well. Your Kansas farm b+w are timeless. Fantastic series. btw How long did you have to wait for the vehicle?