| March/April 1968

Route 1, Mead, Washington 99021

At St. Louis, Missouri, we had a ride on the train at the zoo (gas). We asked the conductor if our G.N. passes were good. He said not on Wednesday. We went down town and saw the Big Arch, down to the river and the big boats. Between St. Louis and Mt. Pleasant we passed by 6 engines along the freeway. I left the freeway and went back to look at them. They were owned by a Mr. Robert Snow of Palmyra, Missouri, I think. He wasn't home, but a fellow was building a shed for the engines. He has an Advance-Rumely no. 15179, a Baker no. 1510, 2 strap butt Advances, a Case portable no. 14809 and a N & S 25-90 double.

In Kentucky we stopped to see men skidding logs (hardwood) with horses. I went to the sawmill and got some pictures. They pile the lumber over high wooden horses crosswise to dry it. It sure looked funny but I got a picture to prove it.

On our way back we stopped at Dollar City south of Springfield, Missouri, and took a ride on their steam train. We got held up by bandits. One of the bandits wanted to take my wife, but didn't (such luck).

At Kinsley, Kansas, they have a large Santa Fe engine in a park and on a large sign it read, '1,561 miles to New York, also San Francisco'. It's the center of the U.S. At Greenburg, Kansas, the largest hand-dug well is located there. It is 32 feet across and 109 feet deep, built in 1888. You can go down in it for $.25.

At Paducah, Kentucky, my friend said that Paducah lies on the Tennessee & Ohio Rivers between the towns of Possom Trot and Monkey's Eyebrow.