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American Pioneers?
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shay    Posted 12-29-2003 at 14:58:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey!!!

this may sound dumb, but I've always wondered
if there is anyone that still lives like
Pioneers?

well, I gotta go!
Shay :)


shay    Posted 12-30-2003 at 09:26:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hey,

Thanks everyone for your replies!!!

well talk to ya'll later,
shay :)


KraigWY -Hey I did that    Posted 12-30-2003 at 08:16:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I first went to Alaska in '72 working on the Railroad I was sent to Healy, just north of McKinley Park. The only place to stay was the hotel, and I had a family. No land for sale so I built a cabin on railroad right away. I was gonna build it 18X24, but it started snowing and I couldn't handle the logs alone. I built it 12X12. No electricty or running water. I didn't even have time to peel the logs. There were 4 other families living in the area. We couldn't get electricty because we didn't own the land. Railroad didn't care and even delivered groceries from Anchorage by train every Thursday. It was kind of fun. My oldest son was 2 and my daughter 1. It was a cozy little cabin. I lived there two years before moving to Anchorag. I will find a picture of the cabin and scan and post it.

I'm way to old and lazy for that now.


shay    Posted 12-30-2003 at 14:47:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hey!

wow!! I bet that was pretty kool
I'd love to see the pic, that would be kool!!

Thanks!!
talk to ya'll later,
shay :)


TimV    Posted 12-30-2003 at 07:07:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Shay: Actually, it's not a dumb question, and people who live like this are more common than you might think. In states like Alaska, a considerable percentage of the population isn't on a power grid, and so they either use a generator or do without electricity. This is also true in some of the Western states like Montana and Idaho. In addition, every state, even the most populated, has rural or inaccessible areas where people may not have electricity, and there's people (such as the Amish) who have access to electricity but choose not to use it. Finally, there's a number of people who have a secondary residence in an unimproved area like the mountains or an isolated pond or lake who live (sometimes for months) without running water or electricity. Depending on your definition of "pioneer living", any of the above could fit the description.


Modern Pioneer    Posted 12-29-2003 at 20:38:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'd say there were quite a few of us. That is someone who took what was available and made a life out of it. Just because we have a nice house and a few 4 wheel drive vehicles should not bar us from being pioneers, we had to fight the system and beat it to get what we have and not be beholden to anyone else!! We had to fight forces much worse than Indian war parties, we had to fight lawyers and govment and more govment and weird neighbors, etc. etc.


if you mean-    Posted 12-29-2003 at 19:42:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
making a go of it with what you got, or finding a way to make the best of the circumstance, or sticking to it until you got it whipped, then yeah, I know a lot of pioneer types, but then I reckon you do to, right? Mike D.


For a large....    Posted 12-29-2003 at 16:16:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
part.... the Amish are about as close as you're gonna get to Pioneer.... :^)


Dave Smith    Posted 12-29-2003 at 15:53:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
There are a lot of people that live the old fashoned way. With just the down to earth basics.
But you would never get a reply from someone that lives as the pioneers did.
They wouildn't have electric would they, let alone a computer.
Dave <*)))><


Doc    Posted 12-29-2003 at 15:52:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a bank account like a pioneers, does that count?


deadcarp- heh heh    Posted 12-29-2003 at 16:22:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
me too. hey maybe we can get together one day and rub coins :)


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