Friday, March 29, 2013

Sunday's Ride report

Some of you were wondering what happened to the ride Sunday.
It got snowed out by 4" to 6" of snow
Anyway while riding down Woods Chapel road I saw a restaurant called Las Playas.

If you lived in the Independence/Raytown/Kansas city area around 40 highway in the 70's and 80's then this probably doesn't ring a bell.
This is the original location off 40 highway. I never met anybody who didn't like it. I'm not sure what happened.
The Greek Revival mansion in which it used to occupy is recognized as the Thomson House.
Not this Thomson  (The old Thomson Elite...So choice!)
This Thomson. Hmmmmm "The Thomson family fled during the civil war". Any guesses as to why they might have fled during that time? Curious timing.
Need a consideration from a month ago?
Were they Confederate sympathizers (they did have slaves), or was it because of General Order No. 11 (1863)?
Ewing's decree ordered the expulsion of all residents living in Jackson, Cass, and Bates counties, Missouri, and in that part of Vernon included in this district, except those living within one mile of the limits of Independence, Hickman's Mills, Pleasant Hill, and Harrisonville, and except those in that part of Kaw Township, Jackson County, north of Brush Creek and west of Big Blue, are hereby ordered to remove from their present places of residence.
The mansion now sits in Independence. It is north of Brush Creek, but is it West of Big Blue? Who knows how the lines were drawn just 150 years ago.
150 years ago it was a plantation with slaves. Now a little perspective. Do you think the Civil war was a long time ago? I'm about 50 years old and I don't feel like I've been around very long. 50 is 33% of 150. So it was 3 short 50 year life times ago.

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