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Combine Cab Used as a School Bus Shelter in the Palouse - Whitman County WA

School children wait in all kinds of weather for the school bus to arrive, pick them up and deliver them safely to school.

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Here, along a rural gravel road southeast of the Whitman County seat of Colfax and southeast of Moscow, I’D on Eidson Road ,

a creative wheat farmer re-purposes a combine cab.

As the old saying goes, ‘Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without,’

and the farmer has done just that,

taking the cab from a combine that no longer ran

and placing it at the top of their very steep,

long gravel driveway for his children to use as a school bus shelter.

Inside this combine cab, the children would have a place to wait out of the cold,

rain and snow during the late fall, winter and early spring months.

While there is no seat, it certainly is a ‘room’ with a view

and they would be able to see the bus coming,

with only a few steps from it to their bus door.

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Here in the Palouse, I’ve followed several school bus drivers along their routes

on these rural gravel roads and I must say I admire their skills.

Yes, driving a 40′ school bus in the city is challenging,

I know, I’ve done that for 14 years,

with all the heavy traffic and at times weather does give us a good slam.

But my counterparts in rural counties,

also have to face slick mud, snow and ice on roads

that go without any maintenance in the way of

ice and snow removal in bad weather.

All of their buses that I’ve seen do have automatic chains though,

that’s a blessing!

To them I tip my hat!

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58 Responses to School Bus Stop – Rurality Blog Hop #5

  • Nancy says:

    Love the little red barn in the corner of your photo. Wonderful composition — finally got my act together today and am happy to participate. Thanks for hosting Madge. xo

  • jeanne stone says:

    SUCH a lovely example of the ingenuity of the farmers and what a nice school bus shelter this is. So excited to have the Rurality Blog hop and happy it is doing so well!

  • What a smart and generous farmer! I love that it has a colorful red pop too! I had no idea you were a bus driver in a prior life 😉 Glad I learned something new about you today. Thanks for hosting, Madge!

  • Barb says:

    I’ve seen all kinds of bus stop shelters, but never a combine cab. Great way to recycle.
    Thanks for hosting Rurality Blog Hop.

  • Tanya says:

    oh that is so cool, i love that! i’ve seen little bus stop shelters around here but nothing that awesome!

  • This is a good example of recycling. I bet those children are glad to have it.

    I admire school bus drivers, no matter where they drive. Dealing with that big bus, AND the kids can’t be easy. Add in snow, ice and mud….whew!!

  • MadSnapper says:

    a beautiful and creative way to recycle… i wish i had one like this when i was in school, we stood in rain, sleet or whatever.

  • Jimh. says:

    While living in Central California, near Beale AFB, I went for a drive on the Smartville road. There, I saw a similar reappropriation of a vehicular part. It was the nose cone of a B-52 Stratofortress bomber. The pointy end was up and looked to provide sufficient shelter from the notorious winter wetness of North Central California. I did a double take, and regretted, once again, not having my camera. Thanks for bringing back that particular memory.

  • Nonnie says:

    how inventive of that farmer! When we lived in the country, we didn’t farm (but did garden). So when my youngest started going to the county school, I had time to wait with him. (our lane was also graveled and 4/10 of a mile from our house)

  • Carletta says:

    When I was growing up we used to see a lot of ‘bus stops’. That isn’t so much the norm anymore. I think it’s because so many parents drive their kids to and from school these days. I think those kids who never ride a bus are missing out on a social part of school life that I wouldn’t have missed for the world. And, they miss out on getting to know that school bus driver too. Mine was a dear man I’ll never forget.
    LOVE this find Madge! A truly resourceful farmer!

  • Buttons says:

    That is amazing what a clever farmer.
    I admire any school bus drivers in the city dodging the traffic with all those kids in the back of your bus and in the country like you said the weather and road conditions play havoc plus the noise of those kids.
    Good for you being able to do it so well. B

  • DAve says:

    That is someone who really loves their children. I admire you and all of your counterparts in the education field. My wife is an elementary school librarian, the things she talks about dealing with 435 students on a daily basis, I could not do it. Thank you for helping our children get to and from school safely everyday.

  • Betsy Adams says:

    Hi Madge, I have a good blog friend who lives in Canada and drives a school bus every single day. She’s not young —but will drive that bus in all kinds of weather. Amazes me….

    Glad they provide shelter for school kids waiting for the bus… Neat!!!!

    Started my new Photo Blog today. Check it out. http://betsyphotoblog.blogspot.com/

  • Nicki says:

    Little bus sheds used to be the norm around where I grew up and I am sure a blessing to the kids on bad weather days (they used to not call school off until there was more snow than you could plow through – or so it seemed). Neat shot.

  • Daryl says:

    this big city gal LOVES your new MEME and all the photo ops i get to see that connect me to another way of life

  • Teresa says:

    I would hate to try and drive one of those huge buses! I’m amazed at people who can do that. I love that the combine cab is being used for such a great purpose.

  • Granny Sue says:

    Country ingenuity at its best! I’ve visited your area once and it was gorgeous–and no allergies the whole time I was there! Thanks for hosting this hop–lots of good reading ahead of me, I can see that.

  • Hi Madge, visiting over from Granny Sue’s. My early early years were on an Alberta Ranch, now live on a rural road on a coastal island in BC. and currently working way up north, very rural, nothing but the work camp and snow and the job. Travel home every third week and work on my garden/yard/home stuff. Thats the current picture. I am following and I added a post today too. Thanks for hosting. Lots of good living in Alberta memories from your post.

  • Hi Madge, I am also visiting from Granny Sue’s today. I grew up (see Rob just above, my brother) in rural Alberta and remember the bitter cold deep snow winter walks to the bus stop. We had a sort of 3 sided shed but what I remember most was that the winter bus was a big old war time transporter with those cat wheels. The big kids got the benches and the little kids were on the floor. I remember how scared and cold I was as a little six year old. Parents moved from the ranch and we had to satisfy ourselves with big gardens, canning and freezing food. 59 years later I live in right on the edge of farming country and have a small garden. I can hear the horses, cows and coyotes though. Your blog brought back a lot of memories for me. I am following and will be visiting again.

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