Wednesday, August 5, 2009

around town

My little town, which has all of two traffic lights, celebrated its sesquicentennial this summer (150-year anniversary).  The celebrations (which included a beard-growing contest and a parade) were quite well-attended.  

This unassuming river-side town isn't grand by any stretch of the imagination, but if you make a little effort you can find some pretty spots.

This historic building adjoins the courthouse and was once used as the residence of the local jailer.  I think it is used for office space today.  The old stone jailyard was actually open today (a couple of police cruisers and a van were there).  I suppose the old jail is still used as a 'holding cell' for people having their criminal cases heard.  I'm guessing they're not appreciating the pretty landscaping and well-maintained building.

This is a detail of a building in town which used to house medical offices, a bank and a drugstore in the 1890's.  I love the shingle detail, and the little louvered window.

Here's a gazebo in the town square.    

This town is a modest, quiet place, and generally known for a speedway at its edge, and the fact that the residents tend to wear rubber boots (it is a farming comunity after all).   I prefer to think of it as a place with a strong sense of community and a comfortable, peaceful place to live.   (Sort of like that well-worn pair of leather shoes you've had for fifteen years, but just can't part with).   


natasha the exile on Mom Street said...

How very, very quaint and lovely.

That is exactly the way a city-dweller like me pictures small towns. Usually when I drive through one I end up disappointed, but I suspect that would not be the case with yours.

LadyFi said...

What a pretty place! I love small towns - am not a city girl at all!

Great photos.

Anonymous said...

Good golly!

Mary OLSON said...

Houses and downtown buildings in small towns are so unique and generally well maintained. Seems like the houses have such nice flower beds. Maybe they all share flowers when they need to be thinned out.

Pony Girl said...

It looks like a charming place to live!

Firefly Hill said...

It looks lovely! I love communities where the residents where rubber boots...



Far Side of Fifty said...

It looks very quaint, and old style..I like it..the gazebo is charming! I don't like big cities either..thanks for the was very interesting! :)