Entrada

While driving along the I-10 in southeastern Arizona, you go through a short stretch of incredibly beautiful landscape called Texas Canyon. Tucked away just  to the north is a small town called Dragoon (Pop. 109). There is the beautiful Amerind Research Library and Museum, and this entryway is on the grounds, although the gate is not really turquoise.

Sketch© Jessica Wesolek 

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San Marcos (New Mexico)

San Marcos Pueblo was one of the largest Pueblos in the Southwest in the 15th and 16th centuries, located in the Galisteo Basin a bit east of Santa Fe. Today it is an archeological dig (Pop. 0), but along the “Turquoise Trail”, Hwy 14, is the San Marcos Café and Feed Store, a roadside distraction worthy of a small town sketch. The café has wild Turkeys and Peacocks wandering about the grounds, and very sketch-worthy surroundings. This kiva fireplace is inside in one of the dining rooms.

Sketch© Jessica Wesolek

 

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Coles Watch Tower

Coles Watch Tower is located on Highway 21 on the outskirts of Omro, Wisconsin (pop-3,577)
The Italianate-style house was built in 1870’s where the King family lived and farmed.
In 1924, the Cole family bought the house and started a silver fox and dairy farm. The 7 story tower was added to the home in 1935 to watch over the valuable fox.. . . Read more of Teri’s post at the link below

Sketch© Teri Casper

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The Mail Boat

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (pop. 7,148) is a popular tourist attraction in southern Wisconsin, and probably the most fun thing to do is ride the mail boat tour. It travels along the shoreline for 2 reasons: to see the mansions built along the lake and to deliver their mail. As the boat nears a dock, but never stops, the mail person jumps off the front of the boat, puts the mail in the box and then a jumps back on the back of the boat. Everyone always waits to see them miss the boat and fall in the water. It happens but not very often.

Sketch© Teri Casper

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Whose Castle? No Princess in Sight. . .

Clovis, NM is a town I pass through every time I go to the Hill Country in Texas. It’s population is too high to qualify it as a small town, and it really has very little personality anyway, but this “roadside distraction” sits on Hwy 60 as you pass by the town. It has been empty for as long as I remember and I can’t find much info about it.

Sketch© Jessica Wesolek

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Stone Wheels

These huge stone wheels (old millstones) can be found all over the grounds at the Tubac Presidio Historic Park, many with varied carved designs. Two wheels would be mounted horizontally on a center post – one was secured and the other could rotate above it – turned by horses or donkeys tethered to a crossbar. The grain was ground between the two wheels.

Tubac, Arizona (pop. 1191)

Sketch© Jessica Wesolek

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