On August 8, 2012 I was on a trip from eastern Tennessee to Atlanta for work. Along the way I went through North and South Carolina and happened to go through Fair Play, South Carolina. Not sure how the town got its name, but there is something about the name coming from a fight.
Interestingly, throughout most of this small town, the Motto “Our Name Says It All” is posted. The photo on the left is the main entry sign.
Of course, there is plenty more in Fair Play
There is the Fair Play Post Office
The Fairplay Cafe. Wonder if their prices are fair???
There is a Fair Play Presbyterian Church
The Fairplay Super Market doesn’t look that super…
Must be Amish nearby if there is a Yoder’s in Fair Play. Maybe the name came from something Amish. I wonder…..
And this is my favorite sign!! The Fair Play Church of God…”Theres Only One Way” with some interesting Road Signs all around it. Speed Limit 316? C’mon now!!
In September 2007 Solomon and I made our way to Lost Springs, Wyoming. We made our way south on I-25 until we got to Exit 126, where we would then head east on US 18/20. Along the way we came to the sprawling metropolis of Lost Springs, WY. According to a Wikipedia article, Lost Springs is one of only five towns in the United States that are officially registered in the census to have only one (1) person. The others are Hibbert’s Gore, ME, Erving’s Location, NH, New Amsterdam, IN and Monowi, NE. Apparently, in 2009 the population had increased to 4.
The photo above shows the sign one sees as they enter town. What is not seen is on the other side of the tracks. I would be amazed if only one person was keeping this up!! We drove into the town and took a couple of other shots. The church says there are three people in town, which I found attested to on this site. Apparently Art Stringham and his brother run the Lost Springs store and Leda Price runs the Bar. Leda is also the Mayor of the town.
Back in 2008 I was working at the Toyota Plant in Woodstock, Ontario and made numerous trips back and forth to home in Kentucky. On one particular trip I visited Sparta, Ontario and on the way went through a small village called Mapleton
I was stunned to see the above sign, so much so that I had to stop and take a look see. While there, I entered the store and tried my best to get a shot of the nexus of taxidermy and cheese, as shown below:
Upon exiting I ran into Dave…he is the husband and runs the taxidermy side. His wife runs the cheese store. Dave was out tanning some bear hides. He told me some interesting stories.
If you are ever in southern Ontario and making your way to Sparta (which is really a cool and unique little town in and of itself — see my Trip Journal), make sure to drop the Taxidermy and Cheese Store in Mapleton.