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Monday, November 13, 2006

Week 4 - Pat Asks You - What is Clay County Like Today

This week Pat has a special question for the Liberty students about the setting of Guerrilla Season:

  • Does the Clay County Missouri in Guerrilla Season at all resemble the Clay County of 2006?
  • Can you see the prairie today?
  • Do any of you live on a farm and grow corn?
  • Do any of you own or ride horses?
Please answer this question by posting a comment to this blog entry by clicking on the "comments" link below this post. Please remember to use either your first name only or no name. Any comments with full names will not be posted. Thanks.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't live in Clay County, or even the eastern side of the United States. However, after reading and learning about the county, I can see that it is very different from where I live. It's not agricultural at all, we live near the sea and even closer to a big city. This suburban area seems to be more a place to read about places, and doesn't provide an agricultural environment. Guerilla Season is an excellent way for me to learn about a new place, with completely different regional aspects.

~ MC Candy Apple

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it kind of sounds like the Clay County today, but there is no prairie. The setting reminded me of my old farm house, EXACTLY like my old farm house, and the prairie might be by the Missouri River? And the woods by it sounds like my old farm house. That old farmhouse was built over 140 years ago. And the house has a lean-to. And to think of it, an old shed, and a smokehouse. The farmhouse also had the fields . . . and even the far field where Matt wasn't supposed to farm. But this was in Jackson County. But I can basically see Clay County!!

- The Magicians Prodigyâ™ 

4:28 PM  
Anonymous swimmer said...

i have horses and cows and a farm

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

I think that Clay County does have some what to do with the Clay County. It has the same landscape.
I can't see the prairie today. I do not live on a farm but my friend does have a farm but they don't grow corn. But I can only imagine how hard that would be!Wow!
I do ride horses, yes my friend has horses and we go sometimes also for a fact we are going this weekend and having a bonfire it should be fun&cold!Ha-ha. But i've rode horses ever since first grade at my aunts right afer I broke my arm and made my dad let go so i could do it myself!I love horses!

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The clay county in the book and of 200 yrs ago is very similar to the one of today. Of course there is Kansas City in the south, but farther up north there is country side where there aren't subdivisions.

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in clay county, i went by Jesse James house and saw the forest near by. The forest is not very thick today but probably was back then. I think i saw a little creek too.

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Liberty and the only thing historical is The Square. Everything is really updated. You have to go a little ways before there is any corn!

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Clay County has changed quite a bit from when this book took place. It's now has more cities then the prairies and farms, although there are still some. I thought it interesting how the book took place where i live now, it was interesting to see how things used to be, and compare them to how they are now.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the Clay County Missouri in Guerilla Season some what resembles the Clay County of 2006. I cant see the prarie today and id ont live on a farm or grown corn. I dont own any horses but ive got cousins that own and ride horses though. Not very often do i ride horses but i like to.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont think it is anything like it was at that time because now it is growing and is becoming a pretty big city. You really can't see any prarie unlsess you go to the outsides of the town. I do know one of my brother's friends who lives on a farm but other than that I do not know anyone on a farm. I also don't ride a horse and definetely do not know anyone around who has or rides a horse.

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No the Clay county does not resemble the Clay County

No you cant see the paririe today

No i Do not live in a farm at this moment

nO i dont own any horses,but my uncle has a farm and i ride them for a second it can be hard you know you also have to lots of skills if you know what i mean

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sister owns a horse on a farm near Karney. I sometimes ride it in the summer when she let's me. It is really fun going at full speed through all of the trails.


10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In clay county you can not see a prarie and there are still a lot of farms outside of the cities. Most farmers still plant corn and other crops they planted back then. Liberty is still the big ciy in clay county but there are a lot of small cities that are getting biggewr.

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Clay County Missouri and you cannot see the Prarie today. There are very little acre farms left in Clay COunty but I can imagine there being some here many years ago. I do not own cows, horses, or grow corn. The Clay County you learned about in Guerrilla Season is nothing like the Clay County today.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Clay County and it is nothing like the Clay County in Guerrilla Season. I do not own a farm, horses, or cows and I do not grow corn. There are very little people that still do farm in Clay County but I can imagine there being some here at one time.

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Clay County and there are very few farms. It doesn't resemble Guerrila Season's Clay County much at all. There are no prairie's anymore and not very many people own horses. Some people still live on farms but that is not as common as in Guerilla Season. Clay County today is very different from the Clay County then.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Liberty, Missouri, in Clay county, and I'll tell you that you can't see the praire here, no one I know grows corn, and no one rides a horse... Clay county is like any other modern, civilized place you've ever been to.

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Clay county and where i live there are a few farms. There are no prairies here anymore(or that I see); most of the prairies that were here has been cleared for new houses. Clay county in the book resemble a little to clay county of 2006; there are woods in some parts of Clay County but they are most likely going to be cleared for houses or stores. I dont ride OR own any horses but a lot of my friends ride and own horses. There are many houses and stores being built here now and its sad that to build these houses you need to cut down the many woods left in Clay County.

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think that clay county looks the same way than it looked like it was in the book. The landscpape is completely different and now we have more technology

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clay County does not look anything like it sounds in the book. There is hardly any country, it is mostly city. You can't see the praie, and I don't live on a farm and I don't know anybody who does. I don't ride horses at all because there is no where to ride them, unless you live on a farm.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Clay County, Missouri in Guerrilla dosen't resemble now day Clay County. There aren't many prairies around here. I don't live on a farm, but my dad did. He even showed me the cave where Matt and Jesse were at. I do not have a horse so I cannot ride a horse.

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Guerilla Season, Clay County kind of sounds like the Clay County Missouri that I know. Although, I cannot see the prarie of Missouri anymore, I can remember it being there. I used to live right by a lot of prarie land and after all the construction of many houses, my family and I can't see the beautiful prarie anymore.
I don't own a farm or grow corn, but I do ride horses many times a week and almost own one.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Liberty, as well, and I don't see much in the book that is like modern times. Liberty is like any other city, modern and technological. I don't see very many prairies in Liberty, but my teacher a couple years ago lives on a farm along with a few other people I know, and she also had horses. So, I guess Clay County is a little bit like it is pictured in Guerrilla Season, but not much.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also don't live in Clay County, but I don't believe that it was mainly all farmland like it was in the 1800's.

~MC Concertmaster

9:11 PM  

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