Oregon’s got Talent!!

Welcome to Talent, Oregon

I am currently on another business trip in Oregon and was down in the Ashland area in Southern Oregon.  Just near Ashland is a small town called Talent, OR.  I first heard about it when there was a participant from Talent that appeared on America’s Got Talent.

Welcome to Talent

Called “The City of Talent“,  I am not sure how much talent there actually is here.  The community does have nearly 7000 people.  According to the Talent website, the story of Talent begins in 1852 with the arrival of the first recorded settler, Jacob Wagner. Jacob completed his homestead in 1853 and named his settlement “Wagner.”

In 1854, the military came from Yreka and set up a fort on Jacob’s property. The fort was named “Fort Wagner,” and was intended to protect the travelers and early settlers from the Indians who had lived in the Bear Creek Valley for many years. There was never any trouble from the Indians, so Fort Wagner became a center for social activities and religious services.

Talent Mural

There is controversy as to the first name of our town. Some say it was “Wagner Creek Fort.” Others say “Wagner Creek.” Regardless, in 1889, A.P. Talent platted a townsite and named it “Talent.” On November 2, 1910, Talent became an incorporated town.

Talent City Hall

Right behind the Talent City Hall there is a strange home that even has a shoe tree.  I found it unique….

Interesting Home in Talent
“Shoe Tree” in Talent, OR
Another view of Talent, Oregon “Shoe Tree”

Of course, if you don’t have talent and try to do something wrong, you may get in trouble.  There is a ‘Talent Police” here!!

Talent Police


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An Alien in Mars

Famous Spaceship in Mars, PA

On a trip between Canada and Lexington in April 2008 I took a trip to West Virginia and Pennsylvania and made my way to Mars (see full report).

Welcome to Mars

Mars is a small town in western Pennsylvania.  From what I could locate there is not really any history as to how the town got its name.  The town was founded in 1873 by a Samuel Parks, where he eventually had a Post Office added to his home and had assistance from a certain Samuel Marshall.  The original name was Overbrook, but in 1882 it was changed to Mars since there was already a train station along the way called Overbrook. Speculation has it that the town was a shortened version from Marshall.

In 1895 the town was incorporated as a borough.

Residents of Mars are often called “Martians”, or “Planets” because of the high school team name, which is actually the “Fightin’ Planets.”

The Mars logo kind of floats around the town, here is one on a brick:

Mars Brick

And then let’s not forget the only Bank form Mars!!

Mars National Bank


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Where on earth is Earth?

Earth is that way

When returning from a trip to Arizona in May 2011, we came back through NM, visited Roswell and then, from all the UFO stuff in Roswell, we found ourselves arriving in Earth, TX.

Earth is only 6 miles away

According to a Wikipedia article, “Earth was established by William E. Halsell, who laid out the townsite in 1924. Originally Halsell named the town Fairlawn, but in 1925 it was renamed Earth when it was learned that there was already a town in Texas by the name of Fairlawn.In order to find a new name the townspeople sent in suggestions, and the agreed-upon best name was chosen. The name Earth was submitted by Ora Hume (O.H.) Reeves, who became the owner of the town hotel. Mr. Reeves’ son-in-law, Frank Wesley Hyatt, was the first postmaster in Earth.

Small population in Earth
Old Earth Welcome sign
Earth United Methodist Church

Ha…there is a church in Earth!!

Yes, there is Earth Police
….And an Earth Fire Department
Welcome to Earth
Earth Water Tower

Oh yes, let’s not forget the Earth water tower!!


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