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A Peculiar Day Trip

   June and I  decided to take a day trip.   Kinda peculiar as in different and unusual - (not as in weird, in today's context)  but just an out of the ordinary day.


So we drove the 27 miles from Lee's Summit  to Peculiar, Missouri.

Town Motto: "Where the 'odds' are with you".

A historical plaque in the town is noteworthy.
 It reads:

"In 1861-1864 while bloody battles raged throughout the southern states nothing happened here."

 Unusual place names are not unusual in Missouri. One, however, is Peculiar. Peculiar is a town in Cass County, southeast of Kansas City.

Peculiar received its name in 1868 when the first postmaster, Edgar Thomson, had his first choice, Excelsior, rejected because it  already existed in Atchison County, Missouri.  Several other choices were also rejected. The story goes that the annoyed Thomson wrote to the Postmaster General himself to complain saying, among other things, "We don't care what name you give us so long as it is sort of 'peculiar'," (with "peculiar" in quotation marks). Washington approved that name. The post office was established on June 22, 1868

Peculiar has a three legged water tower - they are unusual or different too.

Using the town name on business signs, is the usual thing in many

towns, in Peculiar they can make you smile.


 We did meet some very nice folks.

  One was a young lady that ran a small business. Her family and ours were similar in many ways. She did have a Peculiar water bill!  It was over fourteen hundred dollars for one month!  She is attempting to convince the Peculiar Water department that they have a unusual typo.


 Then in a small park with a comfortable gazebo, we met a gentleman that had a terrier mix dog named Pippin that was fast enough to catch flies with his paws. Pippin** had a peculiar day while we were there, he caught a bee under his paw.  He received empathy and much petting after that.


All in all it was a nice day, and another peculiar thing, it only cost us about two gallons of gas


**Pippin:  A highly admired or very admirable person or thing.  Peculiar name for a dog - but it works!


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