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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

  • betsy says:

    this is wonderful, I bet the children really appreciate it. My daughter is learning to drive a bus. She said it’s automatic but she is a little nervous driving into downtown. I appreciate anyone that can do it, I just would be to nervous.
    Happy Weekend

  • Judy says:

    Hi Madge. I’m coming over from Betsy’s Wildwood Home. I love old buildings and barns and am excited to see what is going on out in the country. I hope I have something to share in the future. I’d love for you to visit the Cottage. You would be most welcome..Happy Thursday..Judy

  • Denise says:

    I love what he’s done. Very cool and it makes for a great photo with all the red.

  • Hi Madge,
    I am happy to discover another fan of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. It seems like most of my blogging friends are from other parts of the country. I noticed your mention of Eastern Washington. My gggrandparents and my gggrandmother traveled across the plains in the covered wagon from Tecumseh, Kansas to Asotin County, Washington in the late 1800s. My grandmother was born in Asotin County in 1901. I love the ingenuity that was used to build the school childrens shelter.
    Thanks for sharing this great post.
    Blessings from Bend, Oregon,

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