"The Jesse James Hideout" was evidently a very popular restaurant in the 90s. We have had several people mention to us that they remember eating there when it was open.
This is a view of where the bar was added on. =/ We will NOT be reopening the restaurant. Or the bar!
A nice view of the lake (and our driveway!) taken in front of the restaurant. The lake is 100+ acres and belongs to MO conservation. Meaning = we get a nice view of the lake, but we don't have to take care of it. What a plus!
The backside of our property. It is all fenced, and has a good hay field. The light poles and bleachers were for a rodeo arena and mud run. I personally think that the "No Alcohol" sign adds character, but I doubt that we will keep it up.
This is the modular office that was used for the car lot. It has a wrap around (plastic!) porch and gazebo. The other building is an old garage from the original farmhouse. It is sagging and needs to be torn down. The garage is about where Mom and Dad want to build the new house.
We found this ladder in the barn and it appears to be in good condition. Daddy was a happy man.
This was the concession stand and bathrooms for the rodeo and mud run. We haven't decided what to do with it yet....
Some restaurant menus and "old " newspapers were to be found among the debris. I have old in quotations because it wasn't really old. The restaurant had a very rustic theme and must have printed up these "old" looking newspapers.
As far as we have been able to tell, there really was no connection between the real Jesse James and this restaurant. Odd.
More of the rustic theme hanging on the wall.
Oh. Dear. This is the kitchen. (If you couldn't tell. ) I see scrap metal in these stove's future.
And you thought that your kitchen needed cleaning..??!
This would be the restaurants office. Organized and everything.
No, my dad is not bar-tending. Yes, this used to be a real bar. HORROR!!! (Although, I do think that the bottle of marchino cherries is amusing. =] Especially since it wasn't opened.
Behind the bar. This is the part of the cleaning that will require shovels, crowbars, and wheel barrows.
It was a good thing that we took this picture before we heard the unmistakable noise of pitter patter as made by rodents and other smaller vermin in the ceiling above us. Because let me tell you, I was not to be found after that.
So, that's all for now. I am going to be posting some more pictures of the land and other buildings soon. (hopefully!)