October 12 — Minden, Nebraska (NW quadrant)

North of 1st Avenue (highway 74), west of Brown Avenue (highway 10), south of highway 6 (Senator Carl T. Curtis Drive)

Total for today :   22,230 steps and  4:50 time. 

Jennifer & I came to Minden for a few days for my Mom & Dad’s 62nd wedding anniversary.  Had beautiful weather for the trip and for walking.

Boy, I took a lot of pictures today.  A good number of them were from my old schools, which are all in this area.   That’s elementary from 4th grade on, junior high (middle school to you young whippersnappers), and high school,   So I’m going to add a second blog to today’s walk, covering only the schools.  It probably won’t be as interesting to somebody who didn’t go to school in Minden, so feel free to skip it if you so desire.

Carl T. Curtis served in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate for a LONG time…. a congressman since 1939, and then senator from 1954 to 1979 (which is basically the entire time I lived in Nebraska.. I was born in 1954 and moved to Missouri in 1977).    So the section of highway 6 that passes through Minden has apparently been named after him.

I didn’t realize he was actually born on a farm near Minden…

Carl T. Curtis wiki

A couple of general observations from my walk…

there’s a lot of team spirit on display in town… both for the Minden Whippets and for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.   The Halloween displays and the family name markers sometime even throw in some team spirit…

 

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Halloween view # 1 (with whippets)

Halloween view # 1 (with whippets)

 

Halloween view # 2 (with huskers)

Halloween view # 2 (with huskers)

 

2)  people are more lax about their dogs running around loose.  But the dogs I saw out loose seemed fairly non-threatening.

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fortunately this dog was tied up... he was a little threatening!

fortunately this dog was tied up… he was a little threatening!

 

WEST MINDEN ESTATES

This part of town wasn’t there when I lived here 40 years ago…

Nice Minden Estates sign

Nice Minden West Estates sign

 

dilapidated Minden West Estates sign

dilapidated Minden West Estates sign (or is it West Minden Estates?)

 

Nice house in Minden West  Estates

Nice house in Minden West Estates

 

yard decor

yard decor

 

Evangelical Free Church

Evangelical Free Church

 

care for your pet (grooming services discontinued)

care for your pet (grooming services discontinued)

care for your mower

care for your mower

 

old building

old building

 

view to the west

view to the west

 

view to the north

view to the north

 

 

Fuzzy due to lack of light early in the morning

Fuzzy due to lack of light early in the morning

 

Fuzzy due to lack of light early in the morning

Fuzzy due to lack of light early in the morning

 

Fuzzy due to lack of light early in the morning

Fuzzy due to lack of light early in the morning

 

Fuzzy due to lack of light early in the morning

Fuzzy due to lack of light early in the morning

 

Second Minden water tower

Second Minden water tower

 

round bale

round bale

 

passed snake

passed snake

 

unfortunate squirrel

unfortunate squirrel

 

Minden Lumber & Concrete # 1

Minden Lumber & Concrete # 1

 

Minden Lumber & Concrete # 2

Minden Lumber & Concrete # 2

 

Minden Lumber & Concrete # 3

Minden Lumber & Concrete # 3

 

Claussen home

Claussen home

 

turtle & frog

turtle & frog

 

friendly cat

friendly cat

 

hard to see, but windmill, slide, and merry-go-round

hard to see, but windmill, slide, and merry-go-round

 

north of highway 6... used to be the roller skating rink

north of highway 6… used to be the roller skating rink

 

M (for Minden?)

M (for Minden?)

 

home railroad crossing

home railroad crossing

 

Husker family

Husker family

 

interesting architecture

interesting architecture

 

birdhouse towering over 3 basketball hoops

birdhouse towering over 3 basketball hoops

 

more interesting architecture

more interesting architecture

 

Frankenstein's monster

Frankenstein’s monster

 

painted pumpkins

painted pumpkins

 

triangular curb rocks & hydrant

triangular curb rocks & hydrant

 

doing a handstand

doing a handstand

 

multi-colored pumpkins

multi-colored pumpkins

 

two spinners

two spinners

 

Old mansion along Brown Ave. # 1

Old mansion along Brown Ave. # 1

 

Old mansion along Brown Ave. # 2

Old mansion along Brown Ave. # 2

 

Old mansion along Brown Ave. # 3

Old mansion along Brown Ave. # 3

 

Old mansion along Brown Ave. # 4

Old mansion along Brown Ave. # 4

 

pensive stump-face at Grandma's Place

pensive stump-face at Grandma’s Place

 

sidewalk upheaval

sidewalk upheaval

 

more Halloween

more Halloween

 

front door to the left, relax on porch to the right

front door to the left, relax on porch to the right

 

conical

conical

 

grinder & husker

grinder & husker

 

license plate wind vane

license plate wind vane

 

license plate fence

license plate fence

 

a Husker fan for a long time...

a Husker fan for a long time…per

 

hot peppers

hot peppers

 

subterranean house

subterranean house

 

Casey's

Casey’s

 

Cenex

Cenex

 

package; kids in wagon

package; kids with wagon

 

washing machine planter

washing machine planter

 

tire swing

tire swing

 

corrugated roof

corrugated roof

 

old shed (with colorful camera glare at bottom middle of photo)

old shed (with cool colorful camera glare at bottom middle of photo — what caused that?)

 

wild Minden # 1 --- tree fallen across road

wild Minden # 1 — tree fallen across road

 

wild Minden # 2 ---  mound of dirt

wild Minden # 2 — mound of dirt

 

wild Minden # 3 ---  6th and Burk

wild Minden # 3 — 6th and Burk

 

Halloween house

Halloween house

 

yard art

yard art

 

yard art close-up (Air Mail)

yard art close-up (Air Mail)

 

exchanging glances

exchanging glances

 

back yard angel

back yard angel

 

angel (or fairy?) in a bucket

angel (or fairy?) in a bucket

 

more exchanging glances

more exchanging glances

 

rock bird waterer

rock bird waterer

 

momma barn and baby barn

momma barn and baby barn

 

... the end of the train

… the end of the train

 

the signs need repainted

the signs need repainted

 

used to be the ice cream stand (Dairy King, was it?)

used to be the ice cream stand (Dairy King, was it?)

 

grain elevators

grain elevators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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