Day 136

Rustic charm

August 9th, 2010


  1. Howard from Napa, CA says:

    Waddya think is hiding in there? A pickup? A car? A hearse?

  2. hks says:

    another great shot!, thanks Matt

  3. Julie in Cincinnati says:

    I like old buildings. There’s usually a lot of history to them, beginning with building them (ancestors who built them on the family farm, etc.). Great picture!

  4. phyllis says:

    house or barn?

  5. pam says:

    is this the barn they held the dance in “Footloose”? lol

  6. Glenda (the other one) says:

    Hi Pam,

    The barn you’re thinking of was actually a grainery (flour mill). It’s called the Lehi Roller Mills, and is in Utah:,_Utah

    • RAYMOND in ALABAMA says:

      Its little house on Prarie on top of little barn on Prarie, I was in one of these once some use little house to mount pulleys that raise elevators up, the one i went up into was.

  7. Jeff says:

    dibbs on the room at the top!!!

  8. Jeff says:…looks like today sometime (in your world of walking) you will leave the state of Washington and enter Oregon. A happy and sad day for all….so Peace-god speed- and you are within our thoughts until you stant one step before the pacific and we all take that final step together.

  9. Looks like some kind of grain elevator or something like that…if I knew how elevators worked it might be easier to know if this is one…I do think part of the job of an elevator is to, well, elevate…after that, I’m a little short on info…

    But I do know Matt found one and it is out there kind of alone…no trees…looks like no nothin’…

    • Dan says:

      It’s built just like a grain elevator – but a baby one. Maybe they plant these in Washington and they grow over time. – Or maybe it’s for popcorn.

  10. mh in indy says:

    This probably is an elevator. The farmer pulls his trailer full of grain up the ramp into the building and unloads into a pit under the floor. The elevator itself, probably an auger, raises the grain into another bin for storage until it can be gravity-fed into another truck for transport to market (most likely a larger elevator for transferring to rail cars).

  11. katzien in austin says:

    It’s not the middle of nowhere, but I can see it from there. ;-)

  12. hks says:

    Actually if you open this picture in flick and zoom in on the new Yahoo/Flick map associated with this picture, then select satellite, you can see all those circular crop patterns around this barn.Very Cool!

    @Jason Eppink, the new Yahoo/Flick map capability looks a lot nicer than Google Maps service, Have you guys looked into their API?

    • Jason Eppink says:

      The site pulls geolocation data from Flickr and maps it onto a Google Map.

      Back in March, the Google maps were much more detailed and the API much more robust than Yahoo’s. I’m not sure if anything has changed, but with only a few weeks left, I’m not going to fiddle with anything.

      • hks says:

        You mean Matt is not planing to walk back home? Just Kidding!

        I have used Goggle Maps API but am planning to start looking at Yahoo’s.
        BTW, Just curious, How many hits per day does Matt get on average?

        • Donna in MI says:

          Thanks for sharing! It works in hybrid too. Great stuff to know.

        • Jason Eppink says:

          Well, it fluctuates widely, but Tuesday was a pretty average day and saw:

          5864 visitors
          33909 pages served
          83185 hits
          1.47 GB data served (that doesn’t even count the images, because they’re all coming from Flickr!)

    • Candice In Alabama says:

      That is COOL hks – thanks for sharing that!

  13. Ali B says:

    I have just discovered your website while looking for inspirational things to do with Google maps. What a fantastic idea and no need to explain why you would want to walk across America. In fact I have just finished reading Travels with Charley and really want to see more of the States.
    Anyway I am your new follower and will check your photos each day!
    Best wishes, Ali

    • deanna valenti meyer says:

      Welcome to the Hobo Planet Ali! Matt is almost finished with his journey, but this whole blog is definitely worth reading (comments and all) from start to finish.

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      Yes welcome Ali B to the hobo planet family. We love having new people show up and follow along with all of us. We are quite the bunch of Matt addicts from all over the world. Check out the whole site, pics from day one and on. It’ll give you more than enough to do.

  14. Candice In Alabama says:

    Boy Matt – You certainly have been enjoying some beautiful blue sky!

  15. Candice In Alabama says:

    I like this building/barn – It looks like it would be a lot of fun to explore.

  16. Flavia says:

    Very “little house on the prairie” like.

  17. Dawn in IL says:

    Matt, You are about 300 miles from your final stop. Though I am cheering you on to finish, I will be sad in a way because it is nearing the end of something great!!!

    • Dennis in So Cal says:

      I echo these sentiments. But it is quite a milestone. You will soon cross your last state boundary. We are in our final month of this shared adventure. When does the next one begin?

      • Julie in Cincinnati says:

        We tried to convince Jeff to walk the state of Ohio with his wife and kids since there are several of us in Ohio who would gladly take care of them. But, it didn’t work. I have a new idea – since you’re in CA, why don’t you start walking this direction toward the East? :-D

  18. Cheri says:

    Wow! You’re almost there!

  19. deb says:

    What is the temperature there? It looks awfully hot and dry. I hope Matt is staying hydrated!

  20. Dianna In Arvada, Colorado says:

    OMG! My guess is; it will be will be 2 weeks to Rockaway Beach, OR. OMGosh! How time flies!

  21. Janine says:

    I bet Jeanette or Sally’s family would know what this building is.

  22. Don in Tennessee says:

    The building does look like a grain stal/elevator for loading trucks. I also thought the tower might be for watching for storms. An unusual building – not seen in our parts.

    I have really enjoyed both Idaho and Washington. Pretty country. Thanks for sharing with us Matt and thanks to those who live in these states who have enlightened us foreigners.

  23. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Nice little place out in the country, very quiet, charming. Garage with ramp leading up into it. High tower perfect for all you cell phone needs. Nice little slice of America. Neighbors are real quiet too most of the time. this can all be yours if the price is right.

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