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Just a couple of random images today:

This one I took near Durham, Kansas.

I guess someone wanted to honor the man whom the township there is named after. The puzzling thing here is that this marker is miles from any town, and is located alongside a gravel road (which was probably dirt back then). Some honor, eh?


This one was taken on the town square of Humbolt, Nebraska.

Can you just hear the landlord as he shows the upstairs apartment to a potential renter?

“And here folks you have your very own door to the outside which will provide you with an extra measure of privacy. Watch that first step though!”

Actually, this is not an uncommon sight in small rural towns. At some point there was a balcony on this building, which would have been quite a boon on summer evenings in the days before air conditioning.

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9 Responses

  1. Doe of Mi. says:

    Kinda wierd for sure. I have seen doors like that and wondered “what the heck”?

  2. Suzanne M. says:

    It would be really interesting to know the reasoning behind all of that. Was there a town there where “nothing” exists now, or maybe Mr. Moore’s home? What did that building look like back when it was new? Were those two big openings on the first floor maybe places to park carriages (like a two car garage)? If we only knew.

  3. Tina says:

    I lived in an old house like that growing up but with the porch attached. Mom and Dad would never let us on it because it was so rickety. High, high ceilings and wiring on the outside of the walls with knobs to turn instead of switches to flip. Fond memories.

  4. Peggy says:

    Very interesting indeed! Maybe there was a town and one time where that marker is. I love those door to nowhere. I’ve seen them a lot.

  5. Patty says:

    This is the first time I have seen a township marker. I know there are a lot of townships in Kansas. Usually used now for voteing precents(sp).There were towns there once, now most are long gone. The doors to nowhere…usually stairs on the outside went up to the door, because there were no indore stairs.

  6. Karen says:

    Mmmmm, I love a good mystery! Could it be called a ‘suicide’ door? Did somebody move the marker? Very interesting! xx

  7. Louise S says:

    I’m wondering if Mr. Moore met his death on that road, perhaps in a horse and buggy accident or working in a field.

  8. Louise S says:

    And about the strange door, maybe there used to be a balcony up there that the door led to.

  9. shelljo says:

    Mr. Moore’s monument is probably on a section line–the border of his township.

    Dad has a 100th meridian marker out in the middle of his pasture. It also happens to be the OK, KS state border, but it’s in the middle of the pasture. It was put there by surveyors.

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