Every structure is built on someone's dream. It could be the dream of an architect or the dream of an individual. When they put it to the pencil they are dreaming of it become a reality. Some of those dreams are successful and some fall short. When I view a structure I picture a dream coming true to some point.
Dream Garage or Apartment
Allowing my imagination to take over I think at one time someone was wealthy enough to own two cars and built a wonderful garage possibly of wood in the beginning. Over time, the economy changed for this person. Perhaps they started having children. They decided to make the garage into an apartment for a little extra income. This brought relief for a while so they bricked it. The brick work was probably completed by an individual. It is placed correctly and is made well, but does not follow one of masonry styles of brick placement. The man having worked as a mason helper as a young man did the work himself saving them additional money. Years passed, the children grew up and they were getting older. He is thinking on retiring. The added income would help. They added another apartment to the top. Once again, with the help of a neighbor they added the second level. He called on his training in masonry work to add onto the chimney.
The building has “FLEA” painted on it in red. After the man who built the garage and apartment building has passed. His children keep the apartment building for years. They children begin to move away from the community because there is no work. They choose to sell the property. The building sells to a person who for a while has a Flea Market in the building because it is close to a main road. The time comes when the building is too drafty. It needs too many repairs and is left vacant. While the original builder was alive it was kept in good repairs, but once the person who built it with love no longer owned it. The building quickly ages. And there it stands along that busy road greeting each person who travels by.
A dream materialized, lived, and successfully fulfilled.
Dream of a Chicken House
This building I have passed almost daily for four and a half years. I have often thought. What was that used for? Sixteen windows on one side and six on one end. It has a tin roof. There is a well house close by so there was need for water. It lies on a county line, but the road was closed and removed from the main road when Highway 71/49 came through the area. It is made of cinder blocks so it does not have insulation is my guess.
I ruled out school house because if it was a school house I believe the community would have marked it a school house. If it was a building of importance in the community, it would have been marked. Unless, it is on private property and the person does not want it marked.
This area is known for its chicken houses. Is this by any chance an early chicken house? The windows are built high enough, but there are no window covering. Perhaps those were removed. I look at the building and think there is so much potential in that building. Although, if it was used as a chicken house that would explain why it has not been used in some other capacity.
The old women in the shoe, who had so many children she did not know what to do. It would have been a great place to raise children or have a school. It has no chimney’s so it would take loads of money to make it realize it’s potential.
This dream I feel is one that was not successful. I feel the building was well built, made to last and whatever its purpose was, the dream was not fulfilled or the building outlasted the dream.
Dream of Water
This is another structure that I drive by quite often and think what is it? Is it a wishing well? Is it an animal trough? It is a structure of character whatever it is?
I have made this a well in my mind. It is a hand dug well. Over time it is used as a watering hole for animals and because the animals spent so much time near the well they built shelter over it. A tree seeking water grew beside the well and has cramped the style of the shelter.
This structure I feel served its purpose well and because of love has been preserved for its beautiful character.
Dream Home and Garage
This is the remains of a garage. There is a house close by built of the same rock. I have watched this garage go from a falling down building to a shell. Less than four years ago it had a roof with one of the rafters fallen down into it. After the tornado of May 24, 2011 someone moved into the home and the garage was cleaned up and left as a shell.
The rock work on this home and garage is beautiful. It is a small house and only a one car garage. It is a detached garage and too small for most vehicles of this day.
When I look at this home I see lots of love. Someone dreamed of a beautiful home. I am going to say they did the work themselves. They built the house first and then over time built the garage. They probably saved and planned for many years. They drew up their own house plans. On those dreary, rainy days of winter they would get them out and dream over them. They skipped their vacations every other year to save up for the completion of this dream. They built the home in their 50’s looking forward to their retirement years. They saw their dream fulfilled and had many happy years in the home. When they passed on their children inherited and because their families were too large they rented out the house. Because they were a part of the dream they have taken care of the house.
Time has robbed them of some of the garage and house, but they are still fighting for that dream.
Do You Know These Structures History?
These structures are in Missouri and Oklahoma. I have no idea what the real history or in some cases what the purpose was of these structures. I am sure of this one thing they were built on a dream. Everything I have written is what I like to see when I look at them. If by some chance someone reads this article and would like to give me information on these structures. I would love to know.