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Jones Place on the Osage Highlands
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Painting of the Ranch
This is a painting of the Old Jones Place as it was around 1942

Paul Johnson coming out of the area around Brownsville, Texas was hired to do the building work of the ranch.  The ribs of the old house now show the master builder at work.

The rocks hold fossils of a by gone age indicating the area was covered with water at one time. The limestone rock for the porch looked to still have water running over it. The pattern was left from some great flood forcing its way over the rock.  The rock for the porch came from the Cotting Ranch which is about fifteen miles away.

There was a steel link fence around the house but it has been partially removed.

The west side of the house was planted with a row of Rose of Sharron. There were lovely Bridal Wreath bushes in the front.

Early on trees were scarce. However, the changing of the ecology by the old stone wall has caused a great overgrowth of flora.  Of course, this is conducive to the collection of the fauna also.

A climbing pink rose bush grew over the gate which was at the end of the front walk.

There is a dangerous situation as to the underground gasoline tank buried to the front and right (southeast) of the house, maybe 100 feet at an 45 degree angle from the east corner of the front porch.


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