A Boring Trip

Entering Boring, OR

Today I actually flew to Portland for iHigh work and a couple of hours to spare, so I took a drive south of Clackamas, where I am staying and made my way to Boring, a small town south of Portland.

Welcome to Boring

Boring really is actually a nice town nestled in the fir covered hills heading towards Mt. Hood.

Boring was actually  named after William H. Boring, who was an early resident of the area.  He  was a Union veteran who had moved out to Oregon after the Civil War and had served with the 33rd Illinois Infantry. Boring died in 1932 at the age of 91 and was buried with his wife Sarah in Damascus Pioneer Cemetery, just north of Boring.

Boring Fire Department

Indeed, like other towns, there are many Boring things in Boring….like the fire department training tower above, and the Boring Mini Storage as seen below. (And wonder if the Yuuup guy, Dave Hester, from Storage Wars, would come here for an auction…)

Boring Mini Storage

And, of course, there is even a Boring Post Office–

Boring Post Office

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What in the world does Toad Suck mean?

Toad Suck, AR

In June 2007 I took a trip with my son Solomon down to Texas (see here for full trip report).  Along the way we visited some unique places.  Like Kentucky and West Virginia, Arkansas has a number of odd place names.  Toad Suck is one of those places.

Sumoflam in Toad Suck, AR

Like many odd named communities, Toad Suck has a small population.

According to a local website, the town got its name as follows:

“What does “Toad Suck” mean anyway? Well, the answer is quite simple… Long ago, steamboats traveled the Arkansas River when the water was at the right depth. When it wasn’t, the captains and their crew tied up to wait where the Toad Suck Lock and Dam now spans the river. While they waited, they refreshed themselves at the local tavern there, to the dismay of the folks living nearby, who said: “They suck on the bottle ’til they swell up like toads.” Hence, the name Toad Suck. The tavern is long gone, but the legend and fun live on at Toad Suck Daze”

I looked for other signage on Toad Suck, but all I really got for photos was the one of me above taken at the park along the Toad Suck Ferry Lock and Dam.

I may want to note that there is a small gas station near the park called Toad Suck One Stop and they sell all sorts of Toad Suck gear, like t-shirts and such.  Makes for a fine memento…

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Staying Cool..in Texas

Welcome to Cool, TX

Just over 2 years ago I was making my way from Fort Worth to Mineral Wells High School.  Along the way I came across the VERY small (blink your eye small) town of Cool, Texas.  In fact, the town is only 1.6 square miles in size.

The only thing of significance in Cool is the Cool Cafe.

Cool Cafe: If We Ain’t Shut We’re Open

I had hoped to visit but they were “Shut”.  On a subsequent visit in April 2010 I made my way to Mineral Wells again and tried again.  One more time:

Cool Cafe Shut

I thought it would be a Cool place to eat, but I may never know.

The April trip did offer a very pleasant surprise…fields of Indian Paintbrush and Texas Bluebonnets.  That made the trip worth it.  Here’s a couple of pix.

Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush
Indian Paintbrush
Texas Bluebonnet

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