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  •  Bois d'arc stumps (4+ / 0-)

    were very common as house foundations in Texas - particularly in the eastern part where they were plentiful.  The chicken house on our family farm was set on bois d'arc stumps that looked ancient and felt like concrete.  Within the last 15 years we saw houses set on stump foundations with outhouses behind and cookstoves set up in the front - occupied by families in deep East Texas.  They did appear to have wells, so I presume/hope there was running water.  We haven't driven that way since the 90's, though.

    Bois d'arc branches made the best fence-posts, according to my stepdad, because they almost never rotted, even in the black gumbo soil in our area. Osage orange is the proper name, I believe.

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    by texasmom on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:00:54 PM PST

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    •  People still live or exist this way but (1+ / 0-)
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      those who think America's streets are paved with gold live in the middle of nowhere with a butane heater dreaming of days they can order room service and feel somehow they will achieve Romney status while thumbing their noses at the poor person with no heat saying their lot is middle class and the homeless and near homeless brought it upon themselves.  I guess it makes thier lot in life look less dismal.

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      by Vetwife on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:20:37 PM PST

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