Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Breakfast Time!

 I hope that you like breakfast!  It is our favorite meal…  I’m one of those guys that will put an egg on or with just about anything.  Of course, that doesn’t mean that every breakfast has to include eggs.

What follows is a selection of my recent breakfasts at our house.

OK, this one is pretty basic…but I like simple and basic.  In this case I heated up a slab of Laurie’s fantastic meatloaf, melted cheddar cheese on it and then added my easy over egg. 

On another morning, I had a little deli style ham lying around so I did a simple scramble…adding feta cheese to the mix.  Note the pan grilled hot dog bun as my accompaniment.  Waste not, want not!

Spam, in its original form is just too overpowering for me…too much fat and too much salt.  But Spam now offers Spam ‘Lite’.  It contains 37% fewer calories, 50% less fat and 25% less sodium than the original Spam.  For me at least, Spam Lite is a winner…maybe once every 5 weeks.

So…I started this breakfast with a toasted buttered bun, halves face up.  Then I added 2 slices of fried Spam Lite to each section of the bun.

Then of course, to push the limits of dietary wisdom, I ladled Hormel Chili (no beans) over the buns and the Spam.

They say that eggs are good for you so to complete my meal, I placed a couple of over-easy fried eggs on top of my creation. (Note my generous application of Tabasco) I was a happy camper!

We love good sausage gravy.  Most sausage gravy that we’ve found lack much sausage…or uses some bland sausage that lack any seasoning.  We do have a local restaurant that produces the best sausage gravy in the area, bar none to date.  It's so good, we have purchased a quart to take home at times...

Then Laurie found a recipe for sausage gravy that we could make at home… We like spice…a little heat…so our version incorporates Jimmy Dean’s Hot Pork Sausage.  As you can see, we made a vat of sausage gravy!

Then what?  The first time we had our homemade sausage gravy, we just spooned it over some biscuits.  Of course I added Tabasco to mine after the photo was taken…

The second time I had ‘our’ sausage gravy, I did it up even better than before by heating it in the frying pan and adding a couple of over-easy eggs!  Yum!  In this case I used a leftover hamburger bun for the base.  Biscuits are better but the bun was what I had handy.

FYI, here is the recipe we use for sausage gravy.  Thanks to the Pioneer Woman!  Other than the spicy Jimmy Dean sausage, our only other major variation from the original recipe was that we used half and half milk.  It does tend to make the gravy thicker.  We keep half and half milk in the house because it has a really long shelf life as compared to regular milk.

Note the Pioneer Woman’s caution at the bottom of the recipe.  If you aren’t making your own biscuits, do not use Pillsbury’s canned biscuits.  Instead use Pillsbury’s Grands…from the frozen food case.

Leftovers don't survive for long at our house.  Laurie doesn't care for them but I view them as an opportunity.  I toasted and buttered a couple of small slices of bread from a baguette.  Then I fried some leftover pork from a roast, also heating up the carrots and a couple little pieces of turnip in the frying pan.  At 2 easy-over eggs and I had a satisfying start to my day.  

For my last breakfast in this post, we had eaten at Aubrey’s, a local chain here in East Tennessee.  Laurie had ordered the panko crusted Alaskan Pollock with their fried potatoes for dinner a couple of nights earlier.  She couldn’t finish all of it so I took the opportunity to reheat the Pollock in a frying pan along with a couple of their left over thick fried potatoes plus a couple of mine… Then add a couple of eggs, (and of course Tabasco after taking the picture), and I was set until dinner time!

FYI…I have a complaint for the Heinz Company!  They have apparently stopped making Heinz Ketchup with Tabasco… L I’ve had to go on-line and order a six-pack of Brooks spicy ketchup.

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Thanks for coming by for breakfast!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Friday, November 24, 2023

The Drive Home from Omaha - with Goodies Too!

…after our luncheon stopover in Hannibal Missouri, we normally would have just blown through to our overnight stop in Mt. Vernon Illinois with only a restroom break. 

But in this case, I’d done a lot of research regarding sights and places of interest for the whole trip and I did have one stop I wanted to make on the way south in Missouri along US Hwy 61.

This old depot in Bowling Green Missouri wasn’t on my ‘list’, but it was a bonus for me.  The depot was built sometime in the late 1800s and according to what I could find, it serves as someone’s home today.

This depot was built by the St. Louis and Hannibal Railroad.  The Civil War and the economy prevented the railroad’s construction until 1871.  It was mostly financed and later owned by John Insley Blair…who was mentioned a couple of posts ago.  Remember Blair Nebraska?  It was 1892 before this rail line was completed all the way from St. Louis to Hannibal Missouri…with a stop in Bowling Green.

Did you know that there are four towns named Bowling Green in the USA?  They are in Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio and Florida.

This is why I had planned a diversion from our route south on US 61 toward St. Louis.  Woods Smoked Meats in Bowling Green Missouri (Pike County) has been in business since 1952, over 70 plus years!  That’s an impressive track record for any business…

We loaded up with items from the store!  Our favorites were the Old Fashioned Air Dried Beef Summer Sausage and the regular Beef Summer Sausage.  Woods Smoked Meats really nailed the balance of seasonings with these products!

Woods Smoked Meats is a butcher shop, an on-line store, a place for a luncheon sandwich, a source for spices, seasonings and sauces, a variety of jerky and they process Missouri deer for customers in season.  They also do some catering…and the cuts displayed in the butcher’s meat counter looked great!  Why I didn’t take any photos in the store is a mystery to me…

Woods Smoked Meats is located at 1501 US Hwy 54 (Business Route) in Bowling Green Missouri.  They are closed on Sundays.  Phone: 573-324-2247.  Website: Butcher Shop | Missouri | Woods Smoked Meats, Inc.

After we arrived in Mt. Vernon Illinois and checked into our hotel, we headed out to find somewhere to eat.  We usually wander away from the hotel ‘strip’ and have dinner at the Frosty Mug Bar & Grill.  It’s located in town away from the Interstate.

We were a bit tired and didn’t feel like driving a few miles to experience the familiar, so we tried JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill which is located very close to our hotel.  This is a fairly new establishment with minimal on-line reviews.

JJ’s is definitely a sports bar…a gathering place to watch the big games and have some food with a few brews.  It had the advantage of newness with enough room between tables along with appropriate décor.  The bar seemed a little small but I liked its ‘look’.

Laurie wasn’t very hungry so she had an adult beverage, in this case a "Dirty Martini" with extra olives. (It is not a good photo by yours truly) For her appetizer/entree, she ordered 10 “boneless chicken wings” floating in Buffalo wing sauce…dips on the side. ($13.00 for the chicken ‘nuggets’)

Our waiter was charming and her beverage was very nice, so she wasn’t too critical.  But, the presentation left something to be desired.  Then again, when are chicken wings not really chicken wings?

I couldn’t get excited about the menu so I kept it simple.  I ordered the Breakfast Burger, an 8 oz. beef patty topped with an over-easy egg, with bacon and cheese. ($14.00) It came with either potato chips or French fries.  It was a decent if not great burger.

Perhaps the adult beverage and the charming waiter improved Laurie’s appetite…or more likely if peanut butter is involved she’s hooked!  So we split a slice of Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake with a scoop of ice cream along with a bit of whipped cream.  I’m not a ‘cake guy’ but it was pretty good.

I do believe that our next stopover in Mt. Vernon will lead us back to The Frosty Mug Bar and Grill.  JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill was OK but the variety on the menu at the Frosty Mug outweighs convenience in my mind.

JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill is right next to the Interstate Highway and Mt. Vernon’s key interchange.  The address is 4424 Fairfax Drive.  They are open daily.  Phone: 618-204-5168.  This restaurant is on Facebook at JJ’s Sports Bar & Grill | Mount Vernon IL | Facebook.

We did bring home a couple other goodies…or collectibles…as the result of our back roads adventures in Missouri and elsewhere.  Laurie has a vest that is loaded with pins from places of interest, National Parks, Refuges, historical sites, battlefields, museums and more.  We’ll have to count to see just how many pins have now covered the front of the vest.

On this trip she added 4 pins to her collection.  One was from the Walt Disney Hometown Museum in Marceline Missouri.  The Bicycle Corps/Iron Riders and the floral pin were both from the museum in Brookfield Missouri that honors the memory of General John J. (Blackjack) Pershing.  The pin at the top of the photo is from our visit to the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa, right across the Missouri River from Blair Nebraska.

…and so ends another road trip.  Given the fact that this trip took place back in July, one could say that I’m a bit slow with my posts.  Hey!  I’m retired, so what’s the rush?

I hope that you and yours had a great Thanksgiving!

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Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

A Dining Change of Pace – Hannibal Missouri

When the visit with our family in Omaha ended, we headed east on US Hwy 36 across Missouri.  One place I’d chosen for lunch was closed on Monday so we had to find an alternative.  Laurie got on her ‘smart phone’ and checked to see what was available in Hannibal Missouri. 

This is the Saint’s Avenue Buffet restaurant in Hannibal.  Yes, it is a buffet!  It’s the first buffet we’ve eaten at since the start of Covid-19.  We never expect gourmet dining at a buffet style operation but we do expect decent food at a better than average price.  Another advantage of dining at a buffet is that it’s fast…no waiting for a member of the wait staff to take your order and no need to wait for the food to come from the kitchen.  Positives when one is already in the middle of an 8 hour drive…

Saint’s Avenue Buffet’s dining area is spacious and it was clean.  Service…maintaining the buffet with fresh food and cleaning tables…was prompt and efficient.  As the second photo shows, the buffet is expansive with plenty of options.  Note the age of the average diner in the first photo.  There is a good reason for the overpopulation of older folks!

This is the 'good reason'.  We were late for lunch…and as the sign indicates, that was a good thing!  Dinner for Senior citizens in the early afternoon…costs only $11.99 including your beverage.  In this day and inflationary age, that is a heck of a deal. 

The 5 preceding photos are intended to give you an idea as to the size of the ‘spread’ or variety of food choices diners face when they have a meal at Saint’s Avenue Buffet.  I haven’t included all of the choices.  In the first 3 photos, I’ve included just part of the salad bar, a taco bar and the primary buffet offerings.  The dessert choices went on and on as well!

This plate of food is so unlike my normal choices.  A roll, a slab of pork roast and a fried chicken breast…with a little gravy for the pork as an option.  If we didn’t still have 3 – 4 hours of driving left before we reached our destination for the night, my selection would have included potatoes, gravy, more chicken, etc.  The problem is, the more I eat…especially carbs…the more likely I am to fall asleep, not a good thing when driving.

On the other hand, Laurie usually doesn’t drift off and fall asleep after a meal…and she wasn’t driving either.  So she added peas with mashed potatoes and gravy to her plate along with a roll and a hunk of fried chicken.

As with most buffets, the food wasn’t in the gourmet category but it was tasty and plentiful…downhome cooking for sure.  For the price, the quality and the food options offered, Saint’s Avenue Buffet would be hard to beat!  We will return on our next trip to Omaha… 

This restaurant is located at 3913 McMasters Avenue/US Hwy 61 in Hannibal Missouri.  They are open 7 days a week.  Phone: 573-221-5808.  They are on Facebook at: Saints Avenue Buffet & Grill- Hannibal | Hannibal MO | Facebook.

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Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Friday, November 17, 2023

The Greek Islands Restaurant – Omaha Nebraska

We searched for a restaurant to satisfy our need for dinner after our exploration of the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge and the town of Blair Nebraska.  We decided to stop at a Greek restaurant that was well rated on both Yelp and TripAdvisor.

The backstory for Laurie and me is that we’ve been looking for a good Greek meal ever since we moved to East Tennessee from Chicago back in mid-2009.  Quality ethnic food is hard to find where we live and our trips to other towns in the southeastern USA haven’t yielded the Greek food that we so enjoyed in Chicago. 

So…we were hopeful as we drove south from Blair toward our dining destination.

The exterior of Greek Islands in Omaha is simple…except for the sign with the USA and Greek flags prominently displayed along with the restaurant’s name…

Bill and George Sgourakis were born in Greece.  The family was poor enough that they couldn’t even visit the Greek Islands.  The brothers immigrated to Omaha in 1966.  They worked in a meat packing plant in South Omaha until they’d saved enough money that they could open a restaurant.  Greek Islands has been open since 1983… That is amazing longevity for any restaurant!

The dining area in Greek Islands is open and the tables are well spaced.  They have a full bar…and they are stocked with Grecian wines.  Greek murals and mirrors, as well as sconces topped with wine bottles, provide the interior décor.

Our server was very patient with the 6 of us… As none of us had eaten Greek cuisine in quite a long time, we ordered a lot of food.  Sadly, we also were a bit overeager…diving into the two appetizers pictured above before remembering to take photos. 

The first photo shows what was left of the ‘Feta Sticks’, lightly breaded Feta cheese served with homemade tomato basil sauce. ($10.50) The second picture features Skordalia dip (a garlic potato mash up), with fried zucchini. ($11.49)

It was all good and it was quickly consumed!

I think that we ordered 3 orders of “Flaming Saganaki”. ($9.50 each) This imported Greek cheese is cooked to a golden brown and it was served flaming at our table.

When we next visit The Greek Islands, we will want to order a couple different appetizers, and there are many choices.  Laurie and I are thinking that the pan fried ‘kalamari’, the grilled ‘octopothi’ and the Tiropita…a Greek cheese pie wrapped in phyllo.

As you may notice, only 3 entrees are shown in this post.  I stayed with the Greek entrees only for the purposes of this post and one of the meals shown was ordered by more than just one person.

The entrée shown above is the Greek Chicken Gyro. ($9.99) Marinated chicken breasts are grilled and sliced, then topped with onions, tomatoes and Tzatziki sauce.  The gyros were sided by some very tasty Greek Potatoes and that side salad with olives, artichoke leaves, feta cheese and Greek Island’s homemade house dressing. ($4.50 for both) Sorry about the half eaten piece of fried feta cheese… I haven’t learned the function that removes unwanted objects from photos.

As for myself, I went ‘all in’ and ordered the Chicken Riganato, a half chicken with all white meat.  That meant that I was served both chicken breasts and the wings… This wasn’t a small chicken so it was a real platter of poultry! ($17.25) The chicken was baked with lemon, olive oil and oregano and it did come with an order of those Greek potatoes.  It was excellent!  I do admit that I took a complete half chicken breast and some potatoes back to David and Amy’s home as leftovers…

The next time we visit The Greek Islands, I think that I’d order the Marithes (Smelt seasoned and breaded, then pan-fried with olive oil, lemon and oregano, then served with Skordalia dip.  Laurie and I both love Skordalia as well as Tzatziki sauce.

It was a tough decision, ordering the baked Greek style chicken instead of the Gyro Platter.  But I knew that Laurie would never be able to finish a gyro platter by herself and I’d have plenty of chances for gyro meat.  This is a combination of lamb and beef with spices, stacked and roasted on a vertical spit and then thinly sliced. 

I convinced her to order the Gyro Platter ($10.49) instead of the Gyro Sandwich. ($8.75) The sandwich version is topped with onions, tomatoes and Tzatziki sauce and it’s served on pita bread.  The platter is a larger version plus it includes feta cheese and olives.

As you might have guessed, we were too full to order one of the several Greek desserts on the menu.  Maybe next time!

All of us were really happy with the service and the food at The Greek Islands.  On the way out, I noticed that one of the brothers was sitting at a table with his contemporaries near the door.  I stopped and told him that it was the best Greek food that I’d had in the last 14 years! 

I ran across a listing of the Yelp’s top 100 restaurants in the entire USA from 2022.  Greek Island was number 96, a major accomplishment when you consider how many restaurants are listed/rated in Yelp! 

The Greek Islands Restaurant is located at 3821 Center Street in Omaha Nebraska.  Phone: 402-346-1528.  Their website can be found at Greek Islands Restaurant (greekislandsomaha.com).

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Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

A Quick Look at Blair Nebraska

Returning from our visit to the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, we drove through the town of Blair Nebraska.  Before Laurie and I left East Tennessee for Omaha, I’d noted some structures in Blair that were listed on the National Register of Historic Places…so we stopped in town and took a few photos.

The first photo is just looking down Blair’s Washington Street this past summer.  The second photo shows part of the same view…only from 1913.  Blair is the county seat for Washington County Nebraska.  It was platted in 1869 when the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad reached that point.  It was named for the railroad magnate who brought the railroad to town, John Insley Blair.

Actually, the ‘fix’ may have been in play that led to this ‘new’ town.  Whether it was on purpose or by chance, the new railroad’s route missed the existing towns of DeSoto and Cuming City…so a new town was ‘needed’.  It probably wasn’t a coincidence that the 1,075 acres of land that became Blair, was purchased by John Insley Blair…who then announced his plans for the city, (which he named for himself), and then auctioned off the land to the highest bidder!

Today, Blair’s population is relatively stable with 7,790 resident as of 2020.

This photo shows the old Blair Railway Bridge over the Missouri River.  The photo was taken during the floods of 2011.  The railroad bridge was completed by the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad in late 1883.  It replaced a ferry that used to carry rail cars across the river.  This November marks the 140th anniversary of the railroad bridge.  Iowa is to the left and Nebraska, with Blair, is to the right.

The railroad bridge originally cost $1,130,000 to build.  That is equal to $34,200,000 in today’s dollars.  It’s hard to see the rail bridge in the photo as it’s dwarfed by the parallel vehicle bridge over the river that serves US Hwy 30, aka the Lincoln Highway.  At the lower left you can see the rail line approaching the bridge.

Usually I just photograph structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  But in this instance there were so many buildings in Blair’s downtown area that were more than 100 years old, that I just took photos of several structure despite not having any information about their history.

I loved the look of this little building at 1569 Washington Street that was built in 1890.  Reportedly it was built to serve as the post office.  From what I could find, the building is for rent and it features an open area plus 3 different offices.  Occupants over the years have included a law firm, a financial services company, a couple of mortgage firms, a builder/contractor and an excavation firm.

This is the Pierce-Warrick Building.  The exterior of the Warrick portion is identical to the Pierce section.  The building was constructed ca. 1880 and definitely before 1886.  I found a note that stated that the town’s library had been housed in the building and that it had grown too large and it was moved from the Pierce Building to the second floor of a local bank, which was named the Castetter Bank.

I couldn’t find any other history about this building.  Occupants at the time of our visit were the Healthy Human Med and Market in the Pierce segment of the building…and the Washington Street Pre-School in the Warrick (hidden) side of the structure.  Note that the low cream colored building at the left of the Pierce-Warrick building will be 100 years old in 2024.

Thanks to the efforts of local historians, I was able to learn a bit about the SAS Building…although the dates are confusing.  Originally this site was home to the first store/merchant in town.  John George Smith built a store here in 1868.  Then it gets confusing…at least to me.

The Sas Brothers were doing business in Blair by 1887.  Apparently it wasn’t at this location.  But, by 1889, W.J. Sas was in business here, selling groceries, candies and shoes.  The old Sas Brothers General Store had a string hanging from the ceiling with little buckets that were operated via a pulley system.  Customer’s payments were hauled up to the second floor and your receipt was sent back down.

By 1908, it served as The Racket Store owned by Henry Bruse.  By 1939, the building had undergone complete remodeling, greatly changing the interior.  At that point, it was the Kolterman Variety Store.  At the time of our visit one half of the first floor featured “For Rent” signs and the other half was occupied by “Vape ‘N Smoke”.

The Gamuts Building, which was built in 1881, apparently began its life as The Blair State Bank.  By 1908 the building seems to also have been home for a dentist office on the second floor, a ‘bath and shave’ operation at the basement level as well as serving as the office for the Blair Democrat Newspaper. 

I really like this building.  The exterior appears untouched and it’s been well maintained.  The interior was remodeled in 2014 and 2015, with new plumbing and electrical installed.  The building is, or perhaps was, listed for sale recently.  It offers 5,724 square feet of space and the price was set at $499,950.

The Blair Congregational Church has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979.  It’s affiliated with the United Church of Christ.  The church  was founded in 1870 and this ‘carpenter gothic’ structure was constructed in 1874.

Carpenter Gothic style churches are rare in Nebraska and this building is believed to be the only non-Episcopalian example of the style.  Architect Richard UpJohn was the force behind the Carpenter Gothic design in the USA…especially for small Episcopal congregations.  FYI, the architect for this church was paid $25 for his submission of the plan for the building.

This large structure formerly served as the Blair High School.  This two-story building was built in 1889 in the Richardsonian Romanesque style.  A Colonial Revival addition was built in 1929.  Today, the structure has been converted to apartments, offices and a social hall.

The architect for this large structure was John/Johann Latenser, Sr.  He was born in Liechtenstein and his practice was in Omaha, where he operated for more than 50 years.  Several of his buildings are included on the National Register.  They include the Douglas County Courthouse in Omaha.  In 1893 he was named Superintendent of Federal Buildings for a 6-state area.  Latenser was responsible for the design of at least 20 major buildings in Omaha.

This home is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Abraham Castetter House was built was built in 1876.  The design was a combination of the Second Empire and Eclectic styles.  The home was located in what was then referred to as the “Silk Stocking Row” of Blair. 

Abraham Castetter served as Washington County’s County Clerk and subsequently founded a bank named after himself...which, as mentioned above, served at the town's library for a while.  As a prominent businessman, Castetter donated land which became known as “Castetter Park”, now part of the City Park of Blair.  This home was held by direct family members until 1963.

While this building is quite obviously old, I couldn’t find a date when it was built.  Apparently it’s been a law firm office for a number of years.  It served as the Hopkins Law Office before the Johnson and Pekny firm occupied the space.  Johnson and Pekny, Attorneys at Law, have offices in Omaha and Plattsmouth Nebraska as well.

I love those old shutters as well as the brick work under the upper windows!

This building, with its fairly close to original exterior, even at for most of the lower façade, was built in 1883.  Currently it’s occupied by Von Loh Development.  That company has recently received approval to build an apartment on the building’s second floor.

The only reason that I was able to determine a bit of history about this building stemmed from that 1913 postcard…the second photo at the beginning of this post.  On the postcard you can see that ornate façade as well as some signage on the side of the structure.  As of 1913, this handsome building was home to Blair Clothing.  The store featured ‘Men’s, Boy’s, and Youth’s clothing along with Men’s furnishings and Fine Shoes


This is the former home of the ‘Odd Fellows’.  Unfortunately, the lower portion of the structure has been badly modified and ‘modernized’.  Although the ‘Oddfellows’ are one of the earliest and oldest fraternal societies, their early history and even why they are called the ‘odd fellows’ is obscure and not well documented.  Today the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows has 600,000 members in 26 different countries.  Their state purpose is to “Visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan”.


This brick structure was built in 1892 after “A Big Blaze” as described in the Blair Courier newspaper, destroyed the original I.O.O.F. wooden structure.  I was able to determine that Mr. O.C. Thompson operated the “Bee Hive Store” (groceries and gifts) on the ground floor of the building.  In the 1930s and 1940s the building was leased by the Safeway Store.  In 1945, it became a restaurant under various names until about 1971.  At that point, it became a clothing store for a number of years.  It was during this time that the Odd Fellows sold the building to the clothing store owners.   

Because I didn’t get a photo of the Washington County Courthouse that showed the central dome or the whole roof area, I borrowed the second picture from the Internet.  This style is referred to as “Property Type, County Capitol” with Romanesque Revival influences, and it is listed on the National Register.  The courthouse was completed in 1891.  The structure is basically unaltered.  Unusual symbolic and decorative external features include painted metal forms of cornucopia, wheat and pumpkins (the fertile land), as well as a ship in full sale (the immigrant experience).  Shields are present as well…symbolizing county government.  The statue in front of the west side of the courthouse is a memorial to Union soldiers in the Civil War.

As was common in the early days, residents from various towns strove to have their city designated as the county seat.  In the 1850s and 1860s, a crowd of De Soto town supporters laid siege on the log courthouse at Fort Calhoun and one man was killed.  After a 2-day stand-off, Fort Calhoun surrendered the records.  In the end, it was all for naught as Blair took the title in 1869.  The presence of the railroad and a booming city carried the day.  The town was growing so quickly that local brickyards were turning out 1.5 million bricks per year in an effort to meet the demand. 

Note: The Mormons, (aka the Latter Day Saints), stopped in Washington County in 1846, after fleeing persecution and attacks at Nauvoo Illinois.  They were under the leadership of Brigham Young and Orson Pratt.  The remained near the town of De Soto for several years before moving on to Utah, where they settled permanently.

That’s all for now!  Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for a visit! 

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave