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June 2003:  A Maine Farm

On vacation in Maine in the summer of 1958, my parents and I noticed that farmhouses were often connected directly to the adjoining barns.  Back home in Ohio, houses and barns were always separate structures.  This New England design impressed us so much, we even took pictures at one place.

My mother recalled that when she was growing up, winter snows made it difficult to get from the house to the barn to do the morning chores.  She said that sometimes a tunnel had to be dug through the snow to get from one building to another.  She appreciated the utility of these enclosed Maine passageways.

We also were impressed with this river, covered with logs from shore to shore.  Presumably the logs were being floated downstream to a sawmill.

According to Wikipedia, log drives "became increasingly unnecessary with the development of railroads or the use of trucks on logging roads.  ...Most log driving in the United States and Canada ended with changes in environmental legislation in the 1970s."

On that same 1958 vacation trip, we also visited New York City and Washington, D.C.  Here I am on the grounds of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, with the Potomac River in the background.

All three of these pictures were originally in black and white.  I've colorized them for this web page.

TBT

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