The left panal has a history of the area:
The right panel has the tune and words of a favorite song of the area, "Art You From Notom?":
The center panel honors the Durfey family and their military service.
Perhaps a few hundred feet or so, from the sign, to the left as you look at it, are some relics of the early years of Notom:
Annette is sitting on the old tractor...behind is a threshing machine, used for barley harvesting, and further back is a hay wagon.
I like to take photos of people taking photos of things... her Larry is getting a photo of Annette on the tractor. Here was mine...
She remembers fun times visit the family farm of my parents in Iowa in her earliest years, so these activities bring back fond memories.
A much better view of the threshing machine... it is amazing how many of these are sitting around the whole county... guess it was determined best to just leave them sit, than to try any type of disposal - they are also a neat reminder of the past, as well. My dad did much threshing in his early years.
This "Hay Wagon" was another distinctive artifact of the area and time. It was hand-made, especially to harvest hay from hay fields that were (and still are) very common in the river bottom lands. I assume it was enclosed because of the regular winds that blow across the valley.
What fun! It was a neat day, seeing things that we don't normally experience back in the Midwest! ;-)