• Manure Pit – Longview Farm

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    This is the eleventh post in a multi-part series about Longview Farm in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

    If you look closely, you can almost see the college in the background.

    If you look closely, you can almost see the college in the background.

    General Info:

    • Built: 1914
    • Modifications: None
    • Disused: 1950s
    • Razed: 2004
    • Size: 25′ x 30′
    • Location: Between the two Dairy Barns, right in the middle.
    • Listed on NRHP: Yes

    Function and Features

    The function should be straightforward, given the name. It covered a pit. That pit was full of manure. For city people, that concept may seem gross, but manure is actually pretty useful in farming as a fertilizer.

    If you did not know what it was, you might think it was a garage in the middle of a field for no reason.

    I am assuming that this was disused in the 1950s because that is when the farm got rid of the last of its cattle, and thus the farm’s largest source of manure.

    I believe the pit was only placed on the National Register because it was located on the main part of the farm that was not destroyed for the lake. It would have been hard to make a case for it ever being useful because it was such as small building.

    You can actually see the Chapel off to the right side in this one.

    You can actually see the Chapel off to the right side in this one.

    Today

    Preparations for New Longview eventually brought the pit down sometime during 2004 according to Google Earth imagery. By preparations, I mean that it was probably considered a liability to have a dilapidated building out there that had been exposed to the elements for almost half a century. It is now just part of an empty field.

    Additional Photos

     

    Not the best photo, but I thought it was interesting to see how much had grown up in 7 years.

    Not the best photo, but I thought it was interesting to see how much had grown up in 7 years.

    Photo Credits

    The first two photos are by David J. Kaminsky in August 1978 as part of HABS.

    The other photo comes from the NRHP nomination form for the farm.

  • West Stadium Center Update

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    As promised yesterday, here’s some shots of the West Stadium Center at night. I only had my zoom lens with me because I didn’t want to haul around too much (it was night, so I had to carry either carry a tripod or have some of the grainiest photos in existence), so that’s why there isn’t really a “full” shot of it; I couldn’t get far enough away with the lens.

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    North end

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    Sorry this one turned out a bit blurry. Can clearly see why it’s called the castle.

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    Nice front shot of the castle.

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    North end of the north end.

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    Right now, it’s L SNYDER FA, but soon it will be Bill Snyder Family Stadium. This is also where post editing comes into play, because neither I nor the camera could see the letters when I took the picture.

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    Basketball Training Facility. I was working my way around to the east side and I though I might be able to get in this way… nope.

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    Another BTF shot.

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    Sweet suites.

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    The Training Table will be in the part that is purple.

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    Still lots of work to do.

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    A mostly full shot of the WSC.

  • Pardon the Dust (again)

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    I’ve added a new theme to the site. I need to go tidy some things up with the PHP and CSS. That shouldn’t take more than a couple of days. I have to set “featured images” or remove them completely. I think they look kind of nice, so I’m going to go around and add irrelevant pictures to all the blog update posts and pertinent pictures to actual articles.

    There will also be quite a few posts on the blog these next few weeks. I have both the “Then” and “Now” pictures for numerous and all I need to do for those is some simple editing. I also plan on running out to BSFS tonight and grabbing some shots of the progress (and hopefully from the other side too this time).