Sunday, August 19, 2012
red sandstone to build the Santa Fe Railroad and to construct buildings. I had read that the red building on the left in the (above) picture of the town is constructed of rock cut from Pawnee Rock, but I have since learned from resident, historian, and blogger Leon Unruh (see "Too Long in the Wind" on the Pawnee Rock website) that it is brick.
It is easy to imagine the infinite expanse of grasses with no trees except those marking the line of the Arkansas. Wheat fields don't look that different from the rest of the prairie, this time of the year. Where the highway is, you can visualize the ruts of the wagon wheels. Sunflowers grew alongside the ruts, where the prairie grasses had been disturbed. I was pretty sure that if I looked in the eroded areas, I would find some arrowheads. I didn't see any, but I enjoyed looking. In that little vacation from time I was seven years old, stopping to rest with the wagon train, eagerly scrambling down the wheel to run and play in the grasses, and to climb the rock.