Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I Love: Small Towns

This post was originally going to be a post about the trees that I love. I found some great images. Then I started to look for burr oak pictures and I came upon photos from Burr Oak, IA. These pictures were so quintessentially small town America that I couldn't quit looking at them and for them. The search led me to photos from Oakridge, TN, Athens, OH (I graduated from Ohio University, so this town holds a special place in my heart), and Johnstown, PA.


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The tree that started it all

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Burr Oak, IA water tower

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Small towns are full of links to the past that have, unfortunately, seen better days

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Burr Oak, IA

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Johnstown, PA

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Athens Lunatic Asylum, Athens, OH (this has since been restored and is part of Ohio University, though some say that it is haunted)

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Athens, OH

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Johnstown, PA

But they are also full of pieces of our past that have been lovingly cared for

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Oakridge, TN

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Johnstown, PA

They are visual representations of the history of our country

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Athens, OH

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Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, Burr Oak, IA

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Oak Ridge, TN

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Johnstown, PA

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Thunder in the Valley, Johnstown ,PA

They are wild and beautiful

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Burr Oak, IA

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Burr Oak, IA

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Oak Ridge, TN

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Oak Ridge, TN

They are kitschy and quaint

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Oakridge, TN

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Burr Oak, IA

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Johnstown, PA

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Athens, OH

They are covered bridges

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Athens, OH

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Oakridge, TN

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Johnstown, PA

They are the mossy monuments and bleached statues of our ancestors

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Athens Lunatic Asylum Cemetery, Athens, OH

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Johnstown, PA

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Burr Oak, IA

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Athens, OH

While the city may be where it's at, small town America holds the soul, the history, tells us who we are. I love small towns.



5 comments:

Meghan said...

I love old signs too! Something so beautiful about them.

goldenbird said...

I enjoyed looking at all of those photos of small towns. So much character, and so different from the soulless strip malls that make up our towns today.

Laura said...

I went to Ohio U. also. Wonderful four years. Loved Athens.

Erin Wallace said...

Go Bobcats! Wasn't that win over Georgetown the best!]

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I love small towns too. So much beauty and so much sadness...

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