Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Promised Pictures

Well, here they are. As you are looking at them, please bear in mind that these are "BEFORE" pictures! As in, there is a lot of cleaning that needs to be done. We went out to the land a couple of days ago and took lots of pictures. The ones below are just some pictures of the restaurant and the front part of the property.

"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.

This was the concession stand and bathrooms for the rodeo and mud run. We haven't decided what to do with it yet....

We found this ladder in the barn and it appears to be in good condition. Daddy was a happy man.

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!)



  1. The restaurant kind of looks like some of the houses in Texas. Kind of. Minus the crazy old men..."say...." lol yeah.

  2. I don't know about that.. We still might find a crazy old man somewhere. You never know. lol

  3. Wow! It looks exciting.=) Are you guys planning to be done by a certain time or are you just going to work till finished?


  4. Sooner is better, but it will probably be more like work until it is finished. =)