The village idiot in some small Kansas town
had erected several hundred feet of this attraction
along the side of the road.

A close-up of his work. And one more.  That's enough. We stop to see a long-time ham radio friend - Dale Clark in Wellsville, Kansas. Bill and Dale in Dale's ham radio shack. Now we're in Kansas City - visiting with our friend Derrell Hankins.
Derrell took us to the Arabia Steamboat museum. - It sank in mud in 1876 and they've recovered - lots of merchandise from it. - This is the hardware section of the display. Elegant china looked brand new - not over a hundred years old! More items retrieved from the wreckage. A replica of the steamboat's paddle wheel. Bryan Choisser and Bill Choisser. - We stopped to see Bryan, Bill's fourth cousin - in Columbia, Missouri.
Larry's still interested in boots! - This was across the road - from where we met Bryan in Columbia. Inside the Catholic basilica in St. Louis. Note the golds and reds in the tile work. More beautiful tile work. A close-up of the tile work.

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