Going through a Hurricane and a Tornado in the same day

Through a Hurricane and a Tornado all in one afternoon

I got back yesterday from a trip to Oregon and left again today for a trip to North Carolina.  On the way, I took some back roads through West Virginia and literally went through a Hurricane and then a Tornado.

A Wall Mural in Hurricane, WV

According to the Hurricane Website, “it was a cool, misty morning in the year of 1774. A party of surveyors, commissioned by George Washington, traveled down the Kanawha River. As the sun was slowly rising, cutting through the fog of this early spring day, they noted in their journal that all the trees at the mouth of the creek were bent in the same direction. and they called the location “the place of the hurricane”. The creek became known as Hurricane Creek because of this phenomenon, and by 1811, according to early Virginia maps, the town of Hurricane Bridge was located where Route 34 now crosses the creek near Route 60″

Hurricane Church

Not much further down the road is another town called Tornado.  Yup…a Hurricane and a Tornado, just a few miles from each other!!

Tornado Post Office

The small unincorporated village of Tornado is part of Upper Falls, WV.  I am not sure how it got its name, but it is fun to see a town named Tornado!!

Tornado Church


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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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How about a little Charm?

Charm, Ohio

In the midst of Amish country in Ohio there is small community called Charm. The village, though small, does have a post office and even a website.

Keim Lumber in Charm

Not many other signs around the town, but he name alone makes you want to go there. The pastoral environment and Amish atmosphere really does give it some charm!

 

 

 

Amish cart in Charm, OH

Everywhere you look in Charm, you see both Amish folk and lots of Amish influence.

Amish Laundry

The photo above is one of my favorite shots.  Very colorful.

Charm, OH: Old vs. New

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