the larger building--about 9 ft tall and probably 12 ft on either side outer dimension
the smaller building (with my 4 year old for size). Probably about 7 ft tall.
In between these and what was probably the main complex (a large 3-story house, with a smaller house adjacent), there's a small cemetary. Most of the headstones look the same: either plain arches or just rocks set into the soil. No fancy polished stones here.
This is the fanciest one--it not only has a complete first name, but it has dates, and on colored marble. Most of the others just have a first initial and last name.
so should I send this to Stephen King to let him know that he's dead?
And here's the saddest one. It's a full-size grave. Someone always brings him flowers. I added some grasses to his arrangement today. I wonder who he was. I wonder what his name was. I want to hear his story. My heart aches because nobody knew (or remembered) his name when he died. At least someone still remembers to bring him flowers. I think I will too.
His headstone looks to be one of the older ones out there. There are many others--German names, Hispanic names, English names . . .and all so generic. I hope that when it's my time to go, I'll be more than a first initial and a last name on a stone.
Close to the main house (I didn't take pictures of the main house because I think someone lives there--I've been told that it's a lady not quite right in the head) is this:
The bottom floor appears to be one big wide open room, and there are 5 sinks piled around the foundation and in the basement. Was it a sick house? It's impressive that the limestone lintels have the same decoration as the house straight east of me that I've become obsessed with. I wonder if the same builder built them.
I did hail the main house since there was a car with current tags parked out front. . .but the treadmarks on the driveway were OLD. Yeah, mantracker, that's me, LOL. The door was open, the yard light was on, but I didn't get a response. I tried to assure them that we meant no harm and would like to talk. No response. It's a beautiful house though--I'll bet the inside could be beautiful too.
Thanks to a friend, here's a link. http://www.genealogytrails.com/kan/marion/countypoorfarm.html
It says some, but not nearly as much as I want to know. Maybe if I keep going out there and get to know whoever lives there, I can dig deeper. I've gotta KNOW!!! And at least, in this mystery, there is no skipping to the end of the book. Wish me luck, folks!