Visit Small-Town America
Now, what would you think the following words have in common: nostalgia, traffic, water towers, distinct police cars, trucks, one large factory, railroad and a firehall! Well, actually, they are identifiers that I saw as I approached this small town! Perhaps my sightings could apply to most any small town; but...this is really a lot to write about!
Water towers! So,...do these things really have water stored in them! I did not think this town had a water shortage, but their water tower was in full view of all who would approach from the main road. I did see the name of the town on it; a "welcome message of sorts!". So, what do you think! Do they (welcoming water towers) really have water in them!
To think of nostalgia, you may think of visiting your relatives and find lots of it! But, driving into this town, I saw lots of "nostalgia looking" farm tractors and equipment! I saw old lawn mowers, and more! Seemingly, this stuff was on display for people, especially those who may be passing by. Perhaps they were an outside attraction for an antique shop close-by or visitors at that particular location. The closer I got to the town center, the more residents I saw in their trucks and cars.
Obviously, when I saw the first police car it was the original color of police cars. Yes, it was black and white. In recalling my getting to the town's boundary, I may have seen another vehicle of the same color. Maybe that was a sheriff vehicle or town maintenance vehicle. During my courier career, I have stopped and asked small town police officers for directions. Most of this happened about 15 or so years ago when directions were not as precise as is today's more modern GPS's of all manner of ways and in almost all electronic gadgets as well as our cars.
I noticed there were lots of tractor trailer trucks! My only explanation for this sighting was that there was a large factory somewhere in the town. I did not have time to seek out a factory, but based on the direction of "smoke I saw" and trucks seem to be going the same direction, I am sure one was there. As was my home town of 5,000 in 1970, in Kentucky. We had one big factory. Otherwise, these trucks would only be using this route as a means of better establishing their route, or shortcuts. As these roads are not the widest, so I'd hate to think these truck drivers are comfortable driving on these roads.
If you love trains, you should plan on visiting any of your friends or relatives who live in small rural areas. If they don't enjoy the sound of the horn, they will enjoy the mere fact that how small towns were situated around railroad tracks. But, wait, you may say, "what was here first, the town or the railroad!" As I drove through town, I was looking for an opportunity to cross over the tracks. That train was the longest I had seen for a small town. Did you know, you can be going parallel with a train at or about 35-40 as the speed limit is in most small towns. But, if a red light catches you; you will be challenged to catch back up with the "specific train car" that you were riding beside!
Do you know what its like to have a volunteer fire department as the primary fire fighting structure in your town? Below is what I saw in a firehall in a small town almost 20 years ago. This town had just that. (My home town of Cadiz, Ky. had this as well; during the 50's and 60's) This firehall looked more like it was the original building for something else. During that "new courier era", I was really guilty of getting lots of 'direction information' from the people I could rely on (firemen & police that I'd see). Back to my trying to find someone in these volunteer fire halls years ago. I guess they were on their real jobs. The fire truck was not exactly one of the more modern, large trucks of today. It was more on the size of a large pick-up.
(back to my trip) Driving on these town streets was as would be most small towns I have driven in. Traffic, to include the number of cars I saw was limited. If I wanted to be in a hurry I would not be successful in moving about swiftly! If I had chosen to "run a red-light" I would really stand out.
Just think, you may know someone who visits places such as this one, during holidays. On the next major holiday, as you see cars going about their way, just think not all of them are going to another big city. Some may be going to see relatives in a town such as described above.