post road post

I made it down to my Ozark woods over the weekend (though my plan for an overnight was thwarted by an AWOL sun and insufficient temperatures plus the threat of rain and my heightened ability to feel misery whenever cold or wet or both). I was eager to get down there this time because I had chatted with a neighboring land owner earlier in the week, and he told me that the old road that ran (runs?) along my quarter-mile western boundary was once an old post road leading to a rural community about ten miles south of my woods.

I had always known this old road was here. Some parts of it are quite evident, as you can see in the photo above, while other parts are overgrown. But the piles of rocks beside the road and the clearly depressed bed show that this was once a well used road. I had always assumed it was built by the cattle ranchers who held the hundreds of acres of hill and valley, forest and field that were later broken up and sold to Kansas Citians for their weekend getaways. (I’m one of the smaller landowners with only 80 acres.) But my neighbor (immediately to the right in the photo) is going to raise a cattle fence along here and looked into the past easements to make sure there weren’t any surprises. This is when he learned about the old postal road.

I’ve had the land for nearly 15 years, but I am always conscious of the past users, going back to the cattle ranch days (barbed wire in odd places, random cattle bones) and the settlement period (an old horseshoe) and even before that. I found a stone tool once, and I’m always on the look out for arrowheads. So learning this bit of history about my land gives me that much more depth of appreciation for it.

And then, of course, are the round rocks, which take things back hundreds of millions of years.

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4 Comments on “post road post”

  1. Dean Says:

    I always enjoy hearing about your cabin and round rocks

  2. C Says:

    This takes me back to growing up out in the country and finding things from long ago. I wish I still had all the arrowheads I found when I was a kid, but just didn’t have the appreciation for such things back then that I do now. I’m glad that you’re finding enjoyment from your property and surroundings.

  3. markparis Says:

    It’s interesting how old roads last, or not. There are traces of roads up on the mountain where we live. I have no idea how long ago they were abandoned, but they are clearly still there, the work of man. They make me want to follow them to their end.

  4. modestly Says:

    You have a woods!!!! Wowwwwwwww. those rocks are great – there’s one the size of a dinosaur egg on my hearth. One of my favourite ‘things.’. Not mine of course, I just borrowed it from the Universe. Hope the universe is ok with that.

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