Deer, oh deer…

Feeling the need to get out of the house and do a little exploring, my husband and I took a meandering drive in the country this weekend. The fields are just starting to green up in some places, and in others, the farmers and ranchers are beginning the process of revitalizing the land with fire.

We roamed Coffey and Franklin county, fulfilling a few photo requests for Find-A-Grave and searching for the remnants of Silkville and Ransomville, a couple of ghost towns Kansas ghost town historian Daniel C. Fitzgerald writes about in his Ghost Towns of Kansas series.

As we left Ottawa, we drove past a “deer crossing” sign. I happened to glance out the driver’s side window and started pointing and yelling for my husband to look. Jim pulled the car to a complete stop so we could take a moment to gawk at and photograph the herd.

The moral of the story is that when you see a “deer crossing” sign in Franklin County, Kansas, know that they’re NOT kidding.



A herd of deer in a field in Franklin County, Kansas.


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