Here's a picture of the old outhouse on the Thomas farm! I'm sure there are some interesting stories about this, but you can just use your imagination! I'm sure the Thomas boys used it a time or two!
That long building you see in the back is the chicken coop! I couldn't believe how big it was. When Randy would talk about the chicken coop, I always thought it was small, but it's not. Randy said it had three long tiers of coops on both sides of the building. Can't you just imagine how nasty that coop would be sitting out in the Kansas heat? I wish we could have gone in there, but the grasses around it had grown up too high and we were worried about snakes and ticks! From the fence and going towards the chicken coop was the chicken yard. Randy remembers his grandma going out there and feeding all the chickens. Sometimes she would let him help. Now it's all covered over with weeds.
You'll get a kick out of this! We took our dog Otto on the trip to Kansas with us, which was fun in some respects and a nightmare in others! We visited a cemetery that had many members of the Thomas family buried back in the 1800s and early 1900s. Since dogs were not permitted in the cemetery, we had to leave Otto in the air-conditioned car while we got out to see the gravesites. It nearly drove him crazy not to be out there with us. All of a sudden we heard a "clunk," only to realize that while Otto was looking out the window at us, he stepped on the lock, locking us out of the car! Boy, he sure got us, didn't he? He was in the nicely air-conditioned car and we were locked out in the 107-degree-temps (heat index of 113)! That'll teach us to not include him anymore! Smart dog!