Fort Worth-to-St. Louis Odyssey

The sight of this '49 Chevy made me turn around and come back for a closer look.

The sight of this '49 Chevy made me turn around and come back for a closer look.

This '50 Studebaker is crying out for a watercolor composition.

This '50 Studebaker is crying out for a watercolor composition.

The '58 Chevy stationwagons were all over the church parking lots when I was a child.

The '58 Chevy stationwagons were all over the church parking lots when I was a child.

My childhood 4th of July always witnessed scores of tourists milling around this establishment.  Those days have ended.

My childhood 4th of July always witnessed scores of tourists milling around this establishment. Those days have ended.

Early Friday morning, I pointed my new Jeep (thanks Cash for Clunkers!) toward St. Louis and began the 12-hour journey. As I neared Tushka Oklahoma on Hwy. 69, I caught a glimpse out of the corner of my eye a wrecked ’49 Chevy beneath a tree, alongside an abandoned service road. Like the sentiments expressed by Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper, it was enough to make me turn the Jeep around and get to that place. A very friendly man, Bob Hall, greeted me as I stepped out of my vehicle, and allowed me full access to his property where I photographed about a dozen wrecked vintage automobiles. I can’t wait to get to the studio and try out these new compositions.

As the journey stretched into its ninth hour, I could not resist pulling over again off Interstate 44 near Sarcoxie, Missouri to take photographs of an abandoned Ozark Souvenir establishment long since shut down. These were the places where I would see scores of tourists milling around, when I was a child. I’m saddened to see this chapter close.

4 Responses to “Fort Worth-to-St. Louis Odyssey”

  1. Extenze Says:

    I usually don’t post in Blogs but your blog forced me to, amazing work.. beautiful …

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  2. T.L. Anderson Says:

    I just love these photos! Gotta’ get my camera out now!

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  3. Danny Says:

    It was great,but the 50 stude was really a 51

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