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#116742 11/28/03 01:13 AM
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Howdy pardners

Am reading a cowboy book for a bit of escapism.

Set in Texas in the 1870s (of course), our hero rode up to a farm house that had a "dogtrot". In the next sentence the author mentions a porch so my thoughts that a dogtrot was a porch were dashed.

What's a dogtrot? Why is it called a dogtrot? What would us Auszies call it? Do houses still have them?

(Spose I could google this - but where's the fun in that!)

Be seein y'all. Happy trails.

Doc Stales


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Dear stales: A book I used to read to my kids told about a type of house popular in rural south US before electricity became available for air conditioning. The floorplan of the house had three sections lengthwise. The center section had no wall on ends, so any breeze could blow through, making the coolest part of the house, particularly on hot nights.
But the family dogs could trot through, so it was jocularly called the dog trot.

Here's URl to a picture of one:Be patient, it's slow loading
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~ourhistory/Autry/PicPage6.html

#116744 11/28/03 03:26 AM
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Thanx wwh

In Oz we'd call it a breezeway or central corridor in a real estate advert. But I've never seen one without a door at both ends; usually of flywire. Inevitably there's a front verandah and back porch as well to shade the windows. Very common style of construction up until the 1950s or 60s in Australia. Matter of fact my house (1936) has one.

Wonder why they didn't put a door on them?

stales


#116745 11/28/03 11:56 AM
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flywire? would that be what I call screen?



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Dear stales: Both insect screens and doors required tools, hardware, and skills not available to rural poor.


#116747 11/28/03 07:39 PM
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Hey, stales! [blowing kiss e] Got yer spurs on?
What are cowboys in Australia called?


#116748 11/29/03 04:45 AM
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Jackeroos.


#116749 11/30/03 12:17 AM
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Paniolos, in Hawaii.


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A breezeway in Canada


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Related to pannier(s)?


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