A to Z Challenge: Reflections #atozchallenge

A-to-Z Reflection [2016]During the month of April 2016 I participated in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. The challenge had each blogger select a theme and then do a post thematically from A to Z during each day of April , except Sundays.

This was my first opportunity to really participate in this annual event, which just completed its 6th year.  It was not easy!!  I had to not only post something daily, but also create a theme and stick with it.  And, in my perfectionist way, I wanted to make sure there were plenty of photos and commentary.  I wrote in such a way to draw people to the more detailed posts, where ever possible. 

It was a load of fun and I completed the challenge.  Not sure how many actually did, but it was certainly tough, yet fulfilling. 

What I really loved about the event was being able to communicate and link up with others doing the same thing.  I have made some new friends on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.  I have found some interesting blogs to follow and also have a few new followers.

I most certainly look forward to participating again next year.  Now to start thinking of a good theme for next year.  May actually take a long time!!!

A BIG Thanks to Arlee Bird and her wonderful team!!

My blog was number 1337 out of 1670 participating blogs. This year my A to Z posts took readers across the back roads of America to many unique towns.  See what other bloggers posted about, check out the link: A to Z Theme Reveal List for 2016

Following is a complete listing of each with the banners associated with each post’s link. Click on the Lettered Banner to go to the specific post.

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The A Towns: Amarillo, TX – Adair, IA – Alzada, MT – Alamogordo, NM – Alligator, MS – Alliance, NE – Ada, MI – Akela Flats, NM

 

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The B Towns: Bemidji, MN – Boring, OR – Blackfoot, ID – Burk’s Falls, ON – Booger Holler, AR – Brownsville, TN – Babb, MT – Blackwater, MO – Bena, MN – Bucksnort, TN – Bugtussle, KY – Bugtussle, TX

 

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The C Towns: Cactus Flat, SD – Centralia, MO – Cape Elizabeth, ME – Climax, NC – Climax, KY – Choteau, MT – Cave City, KY – Charm, OH – Chelsea, MI – Champaign, IL – Cut Bank, MT – Caledonia, ON – Cut and Shoot, TX – China Grove, TX – Cool, TX – Coolville, OH

 

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The D Towns: Douglas, WY – DeForest, WI – Discovery Bay, WA – Dublin, OH – Dublin, TX – Dragoon, AZ – Denton, TX – Durant, OK – Danville, IL – Dallas, SD – Denver, NC – Damon, TX

 

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The E Towns: Earth, TX – Eureka Springs, AR – Elbe, WA – Easton, PA – Eldon, IA – Egg Harbor, WI – East Peoria, IL – Embro, ON – Eagle, CO – Endeavor, WI

 

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The F Towns: Flagstaff, AZ – Friendly, WV – Friendship, AR – Flippin, AR – Fair Play, SC – Fergus Falls, MN – Feely, MT – Flippin, KY – Fly, OH – Four Way, TX – Future City, IL

 

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The G Towns: Gainesville, TX – Gothenburg, NE – Guthrie, KY – Gregory, SD – Galata, MT – Glasgow, MT – Glasgow, KY – Gardiner, MT – Gillette, WY – Granbury, TX – Grand Forks, ND – Gravel Switch, KY – Gilboa, OH – Georgetown, TX

 

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The H Towns: Hell, MI – Hamtramck, MI – Hamilton, ON – Hatch, NM – Hico, TX – Hopland, CA – Hoboken, NJ – Hugo, OK – Hershey, PA – Home on the Range, ND – Hamburg, IA

 

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The I Towns: Indian Head, SK – Intercourse, PA – Ironwood, MI – Independence, MO – Idaho Falls, ID – Iona, ID – Inverness, MT – Iron River, WI

 

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The J Towns: Jamestown, ND – Joseph, OR – Jeffersonville, IN – Juneau, AK – Jackson Hole, WY – Janesville, WI – Jackson Center, OH – Jamaica Beach, TX – Jamestown, NY

 

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The K Towns: Kemmerer, WY – Keystone, SD – Ketchikan, AK – Kensington District, ON – Kadoka, SD – Kremlin, MT – Kirkwood, MO

 

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The L Towns: LeClaire, IA – Lake Nebagamon, WI – Lesage, WV – LeRoy, NY – Lizard Lick, NC – Lake Jackson, TX – Lost Springs, WY – Langdon, ND

 

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The M Towns: Mt. Horeb, WI – Meadville, PA – Metropolis, IL – Marshfield, WI – Moenave, AZ – Mystic, CT – Montrose, SD – Minot, ND – Mitchell, SD – Mapleton, ON – Medina, NY – Moose Jaw, SK – Mars, PA

 

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The N Towns: Nicholson, PA – Nekoma, ND – Natchez, MS – Neah Bay, WA – Nauvoo, IL – Newport, OR – Newark, OH – Normal, IL – Nice, CA – New Salem, ND

 

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The O Towns: Only, TN – Old Orchard Beach, ME – Okay, OK – Oil Springs, ON – Oak Creek, CO – Oacoma, SD – Odd, WV – Onawa, IA – Oddville, KY

 

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The P Towns: Pella, IA – Peculiar, MO – Pierre Part, LA – Point Pleasant, WV – Paris, KY – Paris, TX – Paris, TN – Paris, ON – Port Orchard, WA – Powder River, WY – Paducah, KY – Port Gibson, MS – Palmyra, NY – Perryville, KY – Paxton, NE – Pembroke, NY – Penn Yan, NY – Ponder, TX

 

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The Q Towns: Quincy, IL – Quartzsite, AZ – Queen City, OH (Cincinnati) – Quicksand, KY

 

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The R Towns: Roswell, NM – Regent, ND – Rhinelander, WI – Rabbit Hash, KY – Raton, NM – Red Lodge, MT – Riverside, IA – Rugby, ND – Rudyard, MT

 

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The S Towns: Steubenville, OH – Stanley, ID – Sedona, AZ – Santa Rosa, CA – Staunton, IL – Sisters, OR – Seymour, WI – Santa Claus, IN – Sandwich, NH – Sweet Grass, MT – Shakespeare, ON – Stratford, ON – Sikeston, MO – Success, MO – Soda Springs, ID

 

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The T Towns: Tightwad, MO – Talent, OR – Toad Suck, AR – Thermopolis, WY – Teton Valley, ID – Tetonia, ID – Tuba City, AZ – Tornado, WV – Tavistock, ON – Tomahawk, WI – Tripp, SD – Tunica, MS – Tioga, TX – Ten Sleep, WY – Torch, OH

 

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The U Towns: Uncertain, TX – Uncasville, CT – Upper Lake, CA – Ukiah, CA – Upton, KY

 

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The V Towns: Vulcan, AB – Valier, MT – Vernal, UT – Vandalia, IL – Vicksburg, MS – Versailles, KY – Vincennes, IN

 

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The W Towns: Wharton, TX – Welland, ON – Wapiti, WY – Wall, SD – Winterset, IA – Winner, SD – Walla Wall, WA – Worland, WY – Walcott, IA – Waldo, AR – West Montrose, ON

 

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The X Towns: Xenia, OH – Lexington, KY – Cotopaxi, CO – Oxford County, ON – Texarkana, AR – Texline, TX – Rexburg, ID – Exie, KY

 

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The Y Towns: Yampa, CO – West Yellowstone, MT –  Yellville, AR – York, NE

 

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The Z Towns: Zanesville, OH – Zelienople, PA – Zurich, MT

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A to Z Challenge: The P Towns #atozchallenge

During the month of April I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. The challenge has each blogger select a theme and then do a post thematically from A to Z during each day of April , except Sundays. My blog is number 1337 out of 1670 participating blogs. This year my A to Z posts will take you across the back roads of America to many unique what other bloggers will be posting about, check out the link: A to Z Theme Reveal List for 2016

PThe P Towns

 

Pella, Iowa

Welcome to Pella
Welcome to Pella
Vermeer Dutch Windmill in Pella, IA - the largest working windmill in the United States
Vermeer Dutch Windmill in Pella, IA – the largest working windmill in the United States
Jaarsma Bakery - Pella, Iowa
Jaarsma Bakery – Pella, Iowa
Unique building corner in Pella, IA
Unique building corner in Pella, IA

There are a few towns claiming some Dutch heritage, but not many like Pella, Iowa.  Home of the largest working Dutch windmill in the United States (and a few smaller ones as well), a couple of authentic Dutch bakeries and a Dutch bologna deli, etc., the town is a great place to visit.  It is also home to the Pella Window Factory!  See a more complete post about Pella HERE.

Peculiar, Missouri

Welcome to Peculiar, MO
Welcome to Peculiar, MO
And let's not forget...A Peculiar Water Tower
And let’s not forget…A Peculiar Water Tower
A Peculiar Church
A Peculiar Church
A Peculiar Police Car
A Peculiar Police Car
Peculiar Post Office
Peculiar Post Office

In some of my earlier A to Z Challenge posts,  I included the towns of Boring, Oregon, Normal, Illinois and Odd, West Virginia.  Now I add to these, the town of Peculiar, Missouri.  Unlike Boring, which was named after a man named Boring, the town of Peculiar came about their town name in a peculiar way.  The community’s first postmaster, Edgar Thomson submitted as his first choice for a town name, “Excelsior,” but it was rejected because it already existed in Atchison County. Several other choices were also rejected. The story goes that the annoyed Thomson wrote to the Postmaster General himself to complain saying, among other things, “We don’t care what name you give us so long as it is sort of ‘peculiar’.” Thomson submitted the name “Peculiar” and the name was approved. The post office was established on June 22, 1868.  See my original 2012 post HERE.

Pierre Part, Louisiana

Sumoflam in Pierre Part, LA
Sumoflam in Pierre Part, LA
Swamp People Truck at Duffy's Bait Shop in Pierre Part
Swamp People Truck at Duffy’s Bait Shop in Pierre Part
Visiting Troy Landry in Pierre Part, LA in 2014
Visiting Troy Landry in Pierre Part, LA in 2014
P'MAWS Bait Shack in Pierre Part, LA (Notice it is SWAMP spelled backwards)
P’MAWS Bait Shack in Pierre Part, LA (Notice it is SWAMP spelled backwards)
This was the closest thing I saw resembling a gator when in Pierre Part
This was the closest thing I saw resembling a gator when in Pierre Part

Back in August 2010 a new TV Series began on the History Channel that got me hooked, literally. Called “Swamp People,” the series focuses on various teams of alligator hunters. Some episodes also feature other aspects of the social and sporting life of the swamp, including fishing and hunting for other animals. I was thoroughly engaged. In fact, I distinctly recall while watching one of the early broadcasts in 2010, telling my wife “One day I am going to Louisiana on a road trip and meet Troy Landry in Pierre Part.” It was one of my “bucket list” dream trips, though I figured the reality would never materialize.  But it did come true, and you can see that I actually met Troy Landry and got to “Choot Him.”.  You can read the whole story HERE.

Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Point Pleasant, West Virginia
Point Pleasant, West Virginia
Mothman Museuam in Point Pleasant, WV
Mothman Museuam in Point Pleasant, WV
The Mothman by Robert Roach, in Point Pleasant, West Virginia
The Mothman by Robert Roach, in Point Pleasant, West Virginia
Dafford's History Mural in Point Pleasant.
Dafford’s History Mural in Point Pleasant.

A drive along the Ohio River on either the Ohio or West Virginia sides provides many unique places to visit.  Perhaps the MOST unusual place is Point Pleasant, WV, which is on WV Highway 2.  The town is home to an impressive set of Flood Wall Murals depicting the history of the area and is also home to the Mothman Museum, which features displays about the mythical and mysterious Mothman.  The town is also full of history, including Fort Randolph.  See more about my visit in 2008 HERE.

A Tale of Three Towns Named Paris

Welcome to Paris, Kentucky
Welcome to Paris, Kentucky

I have actually been to SIX places named Paris in my travels, including the three below in Ontario, Texas and Tennessee. Paris, Kentucky is also a neat place and is home to some of the world’s finest thoroughbred farms. Then there is Paris, Idaho, which is where my mother in law grew up.  Full of Mormon history and the lovely scenery of Bear Lake and the Snake River .  I have also driven through Paris, Missouri a couple of times.  There are apparently 23 towns in the United States named Paris (see this link).  The three below have a great deal to offer, so I mention them in more detail.

Paris, Ontario

Welcome to Paris, Ontario
Welcome to Paris, Ontario A nice place to live
Downtown Paris, Ontario
Downtown Paris, Ontario
A view of Paris and the river
A view of Paris and the river
Homes and businesses along the river in Paris
Homes and businesses along the river in Paris
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Alexander Graham Bell received first long distance phone call in Paris in 1876
Camp 31 Bar-B-Que - Paris, Ontario
Camp 31 Bar-B-Que – Paris, Ontario

During my stint working in Ontario in 2008, I lived in a flat in Paris, Ontario for a good part of that time.  Paris is a beautiful town that is cut in half by the scenic Grand River, which I lived a stone’s throw away from. Some actually refer to it as the prettiest town in Canada. Many of the buildings are built with Cobblestones, which adds to the beauty.  There are some great places to eat there as well, especially the Camp 31 BBQ place.  Honestly, it is the best BBQ place I have ever eaten at. See my detailed 2008 post about Paris, ON HERE.

Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas
Paris, Texas
The Paris, TX Eiffel Tower replica.
The Paris, TX Eiffel Tower replica.
The famed "Jesus in Cowboy Boots" monument at Evergreen Cemetery in Paris, TX
The famed “Jesus in Cowboy Boots” monument at Evergreen Cemetery in Paris, TX
I bid farewell to Paris...that's me in the reflection...
I bid farewell to Paris…that’s me in the reflection…

I have been to Paris, Texas three times.  There is always something unique there, but perhaps the most unique thing is the Eiffel Tower replica with a cowboy hat on top. It stands 65 feet tall and was built in 1993.  For many years now, this Paris ans battled Paris in Tennessee for the tallest Eiffel Tower in the U.S.  See my post about this battle HERE.  It is also home to the fairly famous “Jesus in Cowboy Boots” monument at the Evergreen Cemetery.  (Check out the great book by my author friend Tui Snider called Unexpected Texas for more cool things in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.)   called You can read more about the town of Paris, Texas in my post HERE.

Paris, Tennessee

Welcome to Paris, Tennessee
Welcome to Paris, Tennessee
Welcome to Paris Catfish
Welcome to Paris Catfish
The Paris, TN watertower, which has an Eiffel Tower painted on it.
The Paris, TN watertower, which has an Eiffel Tower painted on it.
Paris, TN Eiffel Tower
Paris, TN Eiffel Tower

On the same trip as noted above for Paris, Texas, I made my way into Paris, Tennessee, the acclaimed Catfish Capital of the World and the home to the other “Tallest Eiffel Tower” in the U.S.  Technically, it claims now to be the taller of the two towers.  Read more HERE.

Port Orchard, Washington

Welcome to Port Orchard
Welcome to Port Orchard
Easy Street in Port Orchard, WA
Easy Street in Port Orchard, WA
Bethel Saloon in Port Orchard, WA
Bethel Saloon in Port Orchard, WA
One of a few large murals to be found in Port Orchard, WA
One of a few large murals to be found in Port Orchard, WA
The Mattress Ranch "pasture" in Port Orchard
The Mattress Ranch “pasture” in Port Orchard
A Blue Heron relaxes in the waters of Port Orchard
A Blue Heron relaxes in the waters of Port Orchard

In 2015 we visited our daughter in Port Orchard, Washington for about ten days.  We toured all over the state, but Port Orchard has its own offerings and is indeed a lovely little town on the other side of the Puget Sound, across from Seattle.  There are seaside scenes, beautiful painted murals, and even a funky mattress place with a farmyard full of painted cows. You can see more photos and read more about this town in my blog post HERE.

Powder River, Wyoming

Powder River, Wyoming
Powder River, Wyoming
An old neon relic of the past, the Tumble Inn Lounge/Cafe, with a vintage neon look in Powder River, WY
An old neon relic of the past, the Tumble Inn Lounge/Cafe, with a vintage neon look in Powder River, WY
Highway US 20 east of Powder River, WY and heading towards Casper
Highway US 20 east of Powder River, WY and heading towards Casper
Hell's Half Acre Sign in Wyoming off of US Route 20/26
Hell’s Half Acre Sign in Wyoming off of US Route 20/26
Rainbow colored landscape of Hell's Half Acre
Rainbow colored landscape of Hell’s Half Acre
A view of the Hell's Half Acre scarp, Wyoming
A view of the Hell’s Half Acre scarp, Wyoming

On one of my many cross country trips, I made my way across Wyoming and on this particular trip in 2014, I decided that I wanted to see the geologic wonder known as Hell’s Half Acre.   It was there that I met and befriended another travel photographer from Wisconsin named Derek Ace.  See more about my trip to Powder River and other areas in Wyoming HERE.

Paducah, Kentucky

Lewis and Clark Statues with Sacajawea and some Indians in Paducah
Lewis and Clark Statues with Sacajawea and some Indians in Paducah
Part of Flood Wall Murals in Paducah
Part of Flood Wall Murals in Paducah
Paducah, Kentucky
Paducah, Kentucky
Scene from a River Wall mural in Paducah, KY
Scene from a River Wall mural in Paducah, KY

Paducah, Kentucky sits along the Ohio River and is a scenic river town.  Paducah was originally settled around 1815 and was known as Pekin.  There were Native Americans, most likely Chickasaw, living there and they traded peacefully with white settlers and traders that came down the river.  Their chief was named Paduke.  This arrangement stayed peaceful, but in 1827, William Clark, the famed leader of the the Lewis and Clark expedition, and then superintendent for Native American affairs along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, brought a legal deed for the land the town sat on.  He asked both Chief Paduke and the settlers to leave, which they did.  Paduke and his clan moved to Mississippi.  Clark named the town Paducah in his honor. In 1830 it was incorporated and then chartered as a city in 1856.  It was a dry dock for barges and also became a major rail hub.  Today it is home to the National Quilt Museum. See more about my trip in 2010 HERE.

Port Gibson, Mississippi

Welcome to Port Gibson, MS
Welcome to Port Gibson, MS
Large Wall Mural in Port Gibson, MS
Large Wall Mural in Port Gibson, MS
A man on porch in Port Gibson, MS
A man on porch in Port Gibson, MS
Rabbit Foot Minstrel marker in Port Gibson, MS
Rabbit Foot Minstrel marker in Port Gibson, MS
Unique Steeple of the First Presbyterian Church in Port Gibson, MS
Unique Steeple of the First Presbyterian Church in Port Gibson, MS
Old Gemiluth Chassed synagogue in Port Gibson
Old Gemiluth Chassed synagogue in Port Gibson

As part of my 2014 trip to Galveston, I drove along the Mississippi Blues Highway (US Highway 61 – see my posts in A Towns and N Towns).  One of the stops I made was in the scenic little town of Port Gibson, MS. The town has some lavish 19th century homes and some unique places as well.  Many of the town’s historic buildings survived the Civil War because Grant proclaimed the city to be “too beautiful to burn.” These words appear on the town’s welcome signs, as shown above.  Historic buildings in the city include the Windsor Ruins, which have been shown in several motion pictures.  And, my main interest in coming here was Perhaps one of the most unique things I saw in Port Gibson was the steeple of the First Presbyterian Church. It is definitely a one of a kind steeple!  See the complete history of this church and more about Port Gibson in my 2014 post about the Blues Highway HERE.

Palmyra, New York

Hill Cumorah
Hill Cumorah
Book of Mormon Publication site
Historical location of the publishing of the first Book of Mormon took place in Palmyra, NY
Hill Cumorah Monument
Hill Cumorah Monument commemorating the location where Joseph Smith received the golden plates from the Angel Moroni. The plates were translated and later became the Book of Mormon
Hill Cumorah MOnument with Moroni
Angel Moroni sits atop the Hill Cumorah Monument
The home Joseph Smith lived in while in Palmyra
A replica of the home Joseph Smith lived in while in Palmyra

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons), there are few places in the country with church history like Palmyra, New York. To the Mormon faithful, this is where the Sacred Grove that Joseph Smith saw his First Vision and this was also the location of Hill Cumorah, the location of the Golden Plates that were translated to become the Book of Mormon.  Today it is home to the annual Hill Cumorah Pageant…a spectacular outdoor performance depicting stories from the Book of Mormon.  Thousands flock to this small town every July for one week as hundreds of volunteers perform nightly for totally free viewing.  My wife and I attended the pageant in 2013.  You can see my full writeup HERE.

Perryville, Kentucky

Welcome to Perryville
Welcome to Perryville
Perryville Battlefield
Perryville Battlefield
Perryville Battlefield ReEnactment
Perryville Battlefield ReEnactment
Seth and Solomon with Civil War reenactors in Perryville, KY October 1994
Seth and Solomon with Civil War reenactors in Perryville, KY October 1994
One of many unique shops in Perryville
One of many unique shops in Perryville

Not too far from our home in Lexington is the historic Civil War Battlefield town of Perryville, home of an annual Civil War Reenactment.  The battle took place on October 8, 1862 and is considered the bloodiest battle of Kentucky’s Civil War battlefields. The area includes a State Park, Battlefield Tours, a Museum and the the Downtown area has many unique shops and souvenir places.

Paxton, Nebraska (Honorable Mention)

Ole's Big Game Steakhouse - Paxton, Nebraska
Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse – Paxton, Nebraska
Big Moose at Ole's (and one with antlers too)
Big Moose at Ole’s (and one with antlers too)

On a huge cross country trip in 2007 with my son Solomon, we stopped for an overnight in the town of Paxton, Nebraska.  The chief objective was to have dinner at one of America’s unique and quirky restaurants.  Known as Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse, this rustic restaurant is filled with trophies from safaris around the world, including a full size polar bear, a giraffe head, an elephant head and dozens of other large animals that stare down at you while you indulge in their splendid steak meals. You can see more about this leg of my long cross country trip HERE.

Pembroke, New York (Honorable Mention)

Pembroke, New York
Pembroke, New York
Kutter's Cheese in Corfu, New York
Kutter’s Cheese in Corfu, New York
Mural at Kutter's Cheese Factory in Corfu, New York
Mural at Kutter’s Cheese Factory in Corfu, New York

On the above mentioned trip to Palmyra, New York, we made our way into Pembroke, NY.  I had to stop and get a photo of Kutter’s Cheese. There are some nice murals, but the name of the shop is what got me.  And yes, they will gladly cut the cheese for you.

Penn Yan, New York (Honorable Mention)

Birkett Mills Griddle, Penn Yan, NY
Birkett Mills Griddle, Penn Yan, NY

On a 2008 trip back to Ontario, I made my way to the beautiful Finger Lakes of New York.  One of the towns on the lakes is Penn Yan, which is home to Birkett Mills, manufacturers of a variety of buckwheat products such as flour, etc.  They are also famed for the world’s largest buckwheat pancake and you can see the giant griddle in downtown Penn Yan.

Ponder, Texas (Honorable Mention)

Ponder, Texas
Ponder, Texas
The Ponder Volunteer Fire Department. I hope they don't Ponder about going to a fire.
The Ponder Volunteer Fire Department. I hope they don’t Ponder about going to a fire.
This is a church that has Ponder in the name....Ponder your eternal future
This is a church that has Ponder in the name….Ponder your eternal future
And a Water Tower that reminds you to Ponder...ponder away!
And a Water Tower that reminds you to Ponder…ponder away!

And finally, how about a drive through Ponder, Texas, a bit northwest of the Dallas/Fort Worth area?  Think about it ok?

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North Texas/Oklahoma Odyssey and beyond

NTexas(Note: This is part 3 of my Texas road trip reports from June 2014, covering the trip from Austin to Ft. Worth and then on to Denton, Paris, Oklahoma, Arkansas and home to Kentucky.)

After spending a nice day in Austin, it was time to head north to Ft. Worth and then on to Kentucky.  Along the way I went from weird to spooky to strange to Friendship.  Here is the map of this portion of the trip.

My route from Austin, TX (weird) to Friendship, AR.  Traveled in late June 2014
My route from Austin, TX (weird) to Friendship, AR. Traveled in late June 2014

On this route I visited friends but also visited some other fun and quirky places.  My first stop was in Georgetown, TX.  Georgetown is home to some lovely Victorian architecture and also has one of the more quirky street statues I have seen.

A Victorian Spire in Georgetown, TX
The distinctive Onion Dome on the San Gabriel Masonic Lodge Building in Georgetown, TX

This building was the home of the San Gabriel Masonic Lodge of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Texas. They built it and met here for over 82 years. For much of that time, locals referred to the building simply as the “Temple.” The building was completed in 1900.

A mural in Georgetown that depicts some of the towns more famed buildings
A mural in Georgetown that depicts some of the towns more famed buildings

Of course, quirkiness seems to be a part of central Texas.  Downtown Georgetown was home to Robert McAlpin “Three Legged Willie” Williamson.  At the age of fifteen, he contracted tubercular arthritis that caused his right leg to permanently stiffen at a 90 degree angle. In order to walk, a wooden leg had to be fastened to his knee. Because of this, he later acquired the nickname “Three-Legged-Willie”. He passed the bar at the approximate age of nineteen before practicing one year of law in Georgia. A lawyer at 19, he fought with the cavalry at the Battle of San Jacinto.  In 2013 a life-size commemorative statue of him was i

Three-Legged Willie
Three-Legged Willie – designed by Georgetown artist and photographer Lucas Adams

After lunch with my friend in Georgetown, it was on to Azle, Texas for my first in-person visit with fellow travel blogger and author Tui Snider. I originally became acquainted with Tui online by coming across some of her wonderful blog posts about quirky places to visit in the Dallas/Ft. Worth/N. Texas area.  I contacted her through Facebook and we soon were corresponding, sharing places and experiences.  I had to drop by for a visit since I would be so close.

Sumoflam and Tui Snider, June 2014
Sumoflam and Tui Snider, June 2014

Tui has written two books on travel in the area.  Her first, Unexpected Texas, is a great read.  Indeed, it is a handbook to the quirky and unique. She gives directions to places such as the Gravesite of an Alleged Space Alien, a Courthouse Displaying a Dead Lizard , the Statue of Jesus Wearing Cowboy Boots (visited on this trip…see below), the Rope used to Lynch “Santa Claus,” a Building Made Entirely of Salt, a Wax Replica of Da Vinci’s Last Supper, a  65 foot tall Eiffel Tower Replica (visited on this trip too), a Petrified Wood Motel & Cafe, the World’s Smallest Skyscraper, and the only Michelangelo Painting in America.

Tui Snider books as of January 2015
Tui Snider books as of January 2015

Her other book, Paranormal Texas, is a guide to quite a few haunted places in the the DFW Metroplex area.  As with her Unexpected, it is a fun read and well worth the small purchase price.

Visiting the Sniders in Azle, TX
Visiting the Sniders in Azle, TX – note the gargoyle in the foreground

Tui Snider’s home is exactly what one would expect of an eclectic writer.  It was more like a small museum with lots of untold artifacts.  I had to sneak a couple of shots…

A view of the inside of Tui Snider's home.  Note the image on the monitor...she was finishing up her Paranormal book at the time.
A view of the inside of Tui Snider’s home. Note the image on the monitor…she was finishing up her Paranormal book at the time.
A collection of oddities on top of an old old piano
A collection of oddities on top of an old old piano – also note the spiral staircase on the upper left

And I have to point out the fresco painted on their domed front porch….

Pointing out the Fresco on the domed front porch.  Classic!
Pointing out the Fresco on the domed front porch. Classic!

It was a great visit with Tui.  And, while there, she introduced me to another author and ghost lover Shelly Tucker of Denton, TX.  You’ll see my visit with her below. She is the owner of Ghosts of Denton, that provides haunted history tours of the area.  She also authored a book by the same name (get it on Amazon).

Tucker Book
Ghosts of Denton by Shelly Tucker

After visiting with Tui, I stopped in Dallas for dinner with another friend.  We visited the BBQ joint called Bone Daddy’s.  It is a small chain of eight restaurants with succulent BBQ and an atmosphere to match.  They have a dish called “The Flying Pig”, which I ordered. Just the day before in Austin I had a “Flying Pig” Donut at Gourdough’s (see that post and a photo). Both Flying Pigs had ham and maple components.

At Bone Daddy's in Plano, TX
At Bone Daddy’s in Plano, TX
They Buy Road Kill at Bone Daddy's!  Yum!
They Buy Road Kill at Bone Daddy’s! Yum!
I had the Flying Pig at Bone Daddy's
I had the Flying Pig at Bone Daddy’s

After dinner it was off to spend the night with my sister in Keller and then, the next morning I was on the road, with my first stop being an early morning meetup in Denton with Shelly Tucker who introduced me to some of the great places that town has to offer.

Sumoflam with Shelly Tucker in front of the historic Denton County Courthouse
Sumoflam with Shelly Tucker in front of the historic Denton County Courthouse

Denton, Texas is a fun place to visit, almost like a miniature Austin in some respects.  The pinnacle of Denton is the old County Court House, which now serves as a museum. Opened in 1979, the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum is located in the historic 1896 Courthouse in downtown Denton. The museum features rotating exhibits depicting Denton County history. Visitors may walk the halls to discover the history of the settlement of Denton County, learn about their ancestors in the museum’s Research Room, and step into the historical courtroom on the second floor.

Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square in Denton, TX
Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square in Denton, TX

The Romanesque courthouse was designed by W. C. Dodson (1829-1914) from Waco.  He also designed a few other courthouses in Texas during his working years. Many consider this to be one of the most beautiful courthouses in Texas.

A view of the Romanesque tower on the county courthouse
A view of the Romanesque tower on the county courthouse

Downtown Denton is also a great place for some old neon signs. Here are a few that I captured while downtown.

Campus Theatre Neon in Denton, TX
Campus Theatre Neon in Denton, TX

The Campus Theatre was a grand movie house built in 1949 in downtown Denton. The manager for Interstate Theatres in Denton at the time impressed the importance of this project upon his company: Denton was in need of a movie theatre that would cater to the “kids on the campus” (University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University). As a result, the Campus Theatre Movie-House was built. At the time of its construction the Campus Theatre was one of several state-of-the-art movie houses in the southwest. The Campus Theatre remained open and operational as a movie house until 1985 when it closed and was left vacant. It has since been restored and provides the first permanent home for all performing arts organizations in Denton.

Logan's Shoe Shop Neon, Denton, TX
Logan’s Shoe Shop Neon, Denton, TX
Atomic Candy Neon Sign in Denton, TX
Atomic Candy Neon Sign in Denton, TX

Atomic Candy is one of those quirky and off-beat candy shops with a menagerie of old knick-knacks and retro signs and things. Unfortunately, I was there too early but could at least look in to see their bulk candies, soda fountain and novelty items.

Old retro statue of a boy in the window at Atomic Candy in Denton, TX
Old retro statue of a boy in the window at Atomic Candy in Denton, TX
Old Fine Arts Theatre in Denton, TX
Old Fine Arts Theatre in Denton, TX

The Fine Arts Theater was built as the Graham Opera House in 1877
by George & Henry Fastorff.  In 1935 the Interstate Theater Circuit remodeled the building, and put the Texas Theater into operation.
In 1954, the Texas was purchased by Trans Texas Theaters, and in
1957, it received yet another new name … Fine Arts.  It is currently in the midst of a restoration project.

The Old Opera House in Denton is now a shopping center
The Old Opera House in Denton is now book store called “Recycled”

The Wright Opera House was built in 1899 for $25,000, it was the elite showcase of Denton. Built from the bricks from the condemned 1870s Courthouse, the Wright Opera House operated until 1913, due to the advent of cinema.  It now houses the book store and eight luxury apartments.

LSA Burger Company Neon, Denton, TX
LSA Burger Company Neon, Denton, TX

Perhaps the best part of visiting with Shelly was her connections.  The LSA Burger Company has to have been one of my favorite places to visit on my entire trip to Texas in June.  I got to meet one of the managers and got a personal tour of the place before it opened for the day.

With one of the managers of LSA Burger Co in Denton, TX
With one of the managers of LSA Burger Co in Denton, TX

LSA Burger Company is a live music venue and is all about historic Texas musicians (it was even started by a Texas Musician!)  The MUST SEE item in this place is the famed “Great Texas Supper” mural housed inside the eatery.

The Great Texas Supper Mural at LSA Burger Co, in Denton, TX
The Great Texas Supper Mural at LSA Burger Co, in Denton, TX

The painting was actually the idea of LSA Burger Co. owners Jon Christopher Davis and John “Sparky” Pearson.  Eyecon Murals in Dallas did the artwork. The painting depicts a scene similar to “The Last Supper,” and includes (from left): George Jones, Selena, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, Scott Joplin, Janis Joplin, Bob Wills, Willie Nelson, Freddy Fender, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Holly and T-Bone Walker.

A portion of the Great Texas Supper mural
A portion of the Great Texas Supper mural with Steve Ray Vaughan, Buddy Holly and T-Bone Walker
Sumoflam and the Last Texas Supper
Sumoflam and the Last Texas Supper

Another great piece of art is in LSA.  It is titled “Texas Instruments,” a play on the famed microchip company.  The sculpture is a wire mesh piece that has been fashioned in the shape of Texas. It is filled with a collage of instruments including guitars, violins, horns, and amplifiers. A strategically placed guitar painted with a lone white star pays subtle tribute to Denton’s place on the map.

Texas Instruments, a unique sculpture at the LSA Burger Co., in Denton
Texas Instruments, a unique sculpture at the LSA Burger Co., in Denton
Texas Instruments Sculpture at LSA Burger Co., in Denton, TX
Texas Instruments Sculpture at LSA Burger Co., in Denton, TX.  The guitar with the star denotes Denton’s location on the map.

But these are not all.  LSA Burger Co. also has a shrine to Willie Nelson. Yes, that’s right!!

Willie Nelson Portrait above his shrine
Willie Nelson Portrait above his shrine
Willie Nelson Shrine at LSA Burger Co. in Denton, TX
Willie Nelson Shrine at LSA Burger Co. in Denton, TX

They also have a laminate counter with dozens of album covers

Album Counter at LSA Burger Co.
Album Counter at LSA Burger Co.

And finally, the beer bottle chandelier…quite a work of art.

Beer bottle chandelier at LSA Burger Co.
Beer bottle chandelier at LSA Burger Co. in Denton

Shelly also walked me around the courthouse, told me a few ghost stories and invited me back. Next trip to Texas will most certainly include a prolonged visit to Denton!

Prosper Water Tower, Prosper, TX
Prosper Water Tower, Prosper, TX

From Denton I was off to have a late breakfast with a friend in Prosper, Texas at the Cotton Gin Cafe and then onward to Paris, TX and Hugo, OK.

Breakfast at the Cotton Gin Cafe in Prosper, Texas
Breakfast at the Cotton Gin Cafe in Prosper, Texas

The Cotton Gin Cafe is a nice little place in an old brick building on Broadway in Prosper.  All of their menu items are home made and tasty.  The atmosphere is fun as well with many old posters and signs for eye candy.

Old Prosper Post Office
Old Prosper ISD Tax Office

The establishment of the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad in March of 1902 created the change that forced the communities of Rock Hill and Richland to merge forming the Town of Prosper. For years, Prosper was the central stop for the railroad between Dallas and Sherman. When community officials applied for a Post Office with the name “Richland”, they were informed that city name was already taken. Postmaster B.J. Naugle asked for an alternative name and J.C. Slaughter suggested the name Prosper, because crops that year had been very prosperous.

Texas Hwy 289 north out of Prosper
Texas Hwy 289 north out of Prosper

From Prosper I headed north on Texas Hwy 289 towards Sherman and then proceeded on US 82 to Honey Grove, Texas. My last visit to Honey Grove was late one evening in February 2010.  I was on my way to  find Bugtussle, TX after having driven all day from Bugtussle, KY (see my original trip journal HERE).  Even in the dark the town looked old and rundown.

Honey Grove, Texas
Welcome to Honey Grove, Texas

Actually, in daylight there were some bright spots in this quiet little Texas town.  But, there are entire sections that are rundown…a sad look at brighter days gone by.

A view of Honey Grove, Texas
A view of Honey Grove, Texas
Old Bank Facade in Honey Grove, TX
Old Bank Facade in Honey Grove, TX
Downtown Honey Grove, Texas
Downtown Honey Grove, Texas – old brick roads are delightful
Old Pool Hall, Honey Grove, Texas
Old Pool Hall, Honey Grove, Texas
Entire street of buildings is rundown in Honey Grove, TX
Entire street of buildings is rundown in Honey Grove, TX

After driving through Honey Grove, I proceeded east on US 82 towards Paris, TX.  Just west of Paris is the small town of Toco.  Off to the north of the highway I saw an old plane parked in the field next to a barn.  What an unusual site as there was not an airport.

Old Airplane in Toco, TX..totally out of place
Old Airplane in Toco, TX..totally out of place

I tried to figure out what is what all about and found a piece on TexasEscapes.com about it.  According to his page, “the plane is a Martin 404 and there wouldn’t be too much more to say about it if photographer Stephen Michaels hadn’t stayed up late to research the ship.  An aircraft electrician in a previous life, Michaels researched the FAA number to find that the plane had been part of the Southern Airways fleet. ” Apparently, the research also led Stephen to the Southern Airways website – which revealed the story of a chance meeting between the plane and its former pilot and a very interesting interview with the planes current owner. See that article here.

Google Satellite view of the Toco Airplane
Google Satellite view of the Toco Airplane

According to the above noted article, the “owner was Isaac Newton (Ike / Junior**) Burchinal, a well-known movie pilot. Some of his credits include; “Flight of the Phoenix,” “Twelve O’clock High,” “Catch 22,” “The Great Waldo Pepper,” and “McArthur.” He also was the pilot for Robert Conrad in the TV series, “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.”

I drove a little closer to get another shot and saw cockpits from a few other planes in a “Cadillac Ranch” formation.  Turns out that this used to be the Flying Tiger Airport and Air Museum.

Another shot of the Toco Plane
Another shot of the Toco Plane – a Martin 404 – it finished its life as a Pro-Air Airplane
Buried parts of airplanes at the Flying Tiger Museum in Toco, TX
Buried parts of airplanes at the Flying Tiger Museum in Toco, TX
Old Prop plane at Flying Tigers Air Museum
Old Prop plane at Flying Tigers Air Museum

It is for reasons like this small air museum that I love taking back road trips.  You just NEVER know what you will see along the way.  And the joy of it all is reliving the trip as I write so I can do some research an learn a bit.

Paris, Texas
Paris, Texas

My next stop on the way was in Paris, Texas.  I was headed to see the Cowboy Hat topped Eiffel Tower replica.  I actually had hit Paris, Tennessee on my way down to Texas a week earlier and have a fun post about the “Two Towers”.  Check it out HERE if you have not seen it.  Most of the details about this tower are in that post.

The Paris, TX Eiffel Tower replica.
The Paris, TX Eiffel Tower replica. About 70 feet tall with Cowboy Hat on top

Though the tower is the most famous icon of the town, there is also another more obscure item. In keeping with the theme of this post (paranormal, ghosts, haunted places, spooky, graveyards), I visited the Evergreen Cemetery in Paris to see the “Jesus in Cowboy Boots” gravestone.

From the front it seems common as most other gravestones.
From the front it seems common as most other gravestones.

A closer look from the back reveals that this particular Jesus was interesting….as he is apparently wearing Cowboy Boots under his robes.

Cowboy Boots on Jesus
Cowboy Boots on Jesus
A closer look at the boots
A closer look at the boots

Thanks to the guys at WeirdUS.com, a bit more detail about the story can be found. Of course, I too can’t really tell whether it is Jesus or an angel.  But, there are certainly Cowboy Boots and I am sure that Willet Babcock (a furniture magnate and Opera House owner in Paris in the late 1800s), the man buried under this monument, had a sense of humor and certainly made a legacy such that many come to visit him who have never known a thing about him…including me!  By the way, this sculpture is apparently attributed to a German immigrant stone mason named Gustave Klein (see this interesting article), who was responsible for many of the monuments in Evergreen Cemetery and is also buried in the cemetery.

Old Ghost Sign on a building in Paris
Old Ghost Sign on a building in Paris

Like many Texas towns, there are remnants of days past.  Old Ghost Signs still linger on as decor on old buildings. such as the one above and the one below, both in Paris.

Paris Cotton old ghost sign
Paris Cotton old ghost sign

And one last fun view from Paris before heading north to Oklahoma:

Paris Lanes, old bowling alley neon sign
Paris Lanes, old bowling alley neon sign
I bid farewell to Paris...that's me in the reflection...
I bid farewell to Paris…that’s me in the reflection…

From Paris I headed north on US 271 for my first venture into the southeastern Oklahoma town of Hugo.

Welcome to Oklahoma
Welcome to Oklahoma

In the late 1800s and early 1900s this town was apparently a hotbed of activity … the wild west town.  It was a railroad hub and so it had an assortment of dance hall girls, hustlers and gunfighters, and perhaps a dozen circuses wintering nearby taking advantage of the moderate climate and easy rail access. The town was founded in 1901 and was named for the French novelist, Victor Hugo.

Welcome to Historic Hugo, OK
Welcome to Historic Hugo, OK

Nowadays the town is best known for its one-of-a-kind cemetery, a few murals and as the birthplace of 70s singer-songwriter B.J. Thomas (Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head).

Old wall mural in Hugo depicts some of the history of the town.
Old wall mural in Hugo depicts some of the history of the town.
A building made of petrified wood in Hugo
A building made of unique stones (or petrified wood??) in Hugo
Downtown Hugo, OK
Downtown Hugo, OK

The town is perhaps best known as a resting place for Circus Performers and, has become the eternal resting place for many of these performers.  In fact, the town even has acquired a nickname as “Circus City USA.”

Elephant Statue in front of the Hugo Chamber of Commerce
Elephant Statue in front of the Hugo Chamber of Commerce

Hugo has been a circus wintering ground since 1942 and is still such for three circuses and their staff and performers, The Carson and Barnes Circus, The Kelly-Miller Circus, and the Culpepper-Merriweather Circus.  It is a common site to drive past their grounds in the winter and see them taking care of an elephant or working on their equipment.

Showmen's Rest in Hugo's Mt. Olivet Cemetery
Showmen’s Rest in Hugo’s Mt. Olivet Cemetery
Circus sign in Mt. Olivet
Circus sign in Mt. Olivet

The town cemetery, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, has a special area called Showmen’s Rest which features unique headstones and grave sites for circus performers and owners. there is also a section called Bull Rider’s Reprieve set aside as a resting place for rodeo riders that have passed on.  I thoroughly enjoyed the brief visit to this hallowed ground to remember circus performers.  Here are a few photos from this fascinating corner of a cemetery.

Dedicated to Circus Performers
Dedicated to Circus Performers
Whalen...with little clowns
Whalen…with little clowns
James O'Donnell -- Acrobat and Clown
James O’Donnell — Acrobat and Clown
Elephant Posts at Showmen's Rest
Elephant Posts at Showmen’s Rest
Sumoflam with an Elephant Headstone at Showmen's Rest
Sumoflam with an Elephant Headstone at Showmen’s Rest
The Grass Showman
The Grass Showman
A performer's marker
A performer’s marker
Mr. Miller will always be under the big top
Mr. Miller will always be under the big top
Kennedy Swain
Kennedy Swain – Comedian for numerous circuses
Circus Lives Celebrated
Circus Lives Celebrated

Honestly, I was touched at the love I could feel in this place.  Many times my visits to cemeteries are peaceful and tranquil, but they exude some sense of sadness.  In this case, I was filled with joy.  those these performers had passed on, they still brought the joy out in an old guy who has not been to a circus since the 1970s.

A final view of Showmen's Rest
A final view of Showmen’s Rest

After my wonderful visit to Mt. Olivet, I was back on the road heading east on US 70 toward my next unique named town…Valliant, OK.

East on US 70 towards Valliant, OK
East on US 70 towards Valliant, OK
Welcome to Valliant, OK
Welcome to Valliant, OK

Valliant was founded June 2, 1902, and named for Frank W. Valliant, a chief divisional engineer for the Arkansas & Choctaw Railroad being constructed in the area at that time. Valliant is famous for its annual Watermelon Festival at the City Park.  Unfortunately, I was not there for the festivities, so I just passed on through valiantly….

Rolling Hills of SE Oklahoma
Rolling Hills of SE Oklahoma

Lest any of you think that Oklahoma is just a big state with lots of flat land for cattle, think again.  There are some beautiful wooded areas and plenty of rolling hills in the southeast corner of the state.  Driving along OK Hwy 98 to OK Hwy 3 is a wonderfully beautiful drive.

Rolling Hills of Oklahoma on OK 98 north of Wright City, OK
Rolling Hills of Oklahoma on OK 98 north of Wright City, OK
End of OK Hwy 98 at OK Hwy 3
End of OK Hwy 98 at OK Hwy 3

At highway 3 one can either go northwest to Antlers, OK or east to Broken Bow through the Choctaw Nation, which was the direction I went (actually visited Antlers a few years ago).

Antlers or Broken Bow?
Antlers or Broken Bow?
Welcome to Broken Bow...old sign
Welcome to Broken Bow…old sign

Broken Bow has one of those classic old motels with a classic neon sign.  The End of Trail Motel is one of those motels like I visited in the 1960s.  Would love to have stayed there for the night.

End of Trail Motel Neon sign in Broken Bow, OK
End of Trail Motel Neon sign in Broken Bow, OK

I also was scared a bit by the big dragon mural along he side of a building…

Dragon Mural in Broken Bow, OK
Dragon Mural in Broken Bow, OK

From Broken Bow I drove north on US 259 along beautiful Broken Bow Lake and then veered east on OK Hwy 4 onto Arkansas Hwy 4.

Oklahoma Hwy 4 just west of the Arkansas border.
Oklahoma Hwy 4 just west of the Arkansas border.
Welcome to Arkansas about 3 miles west of Cove, Arkansas
Welcome to Arkansas about 3 miles west of Cove, Arkansas

Following Arkansas Hwy 4, a beautiful drive through the woods, I made my way north on US 71/US 59 out of Cove, AR.

Arkansas HWY 4
Arkansas HWY 4
US Hwy 71/59 north of Cove, AR
US Hwy 71/59 north of Cove, AR

I soon made my way into the quaint town of Mena, Arkansas, the gateway to the Talimena National Scenic Byway (which will have to be on a later trip for me unfortunately) and also home to an old railroad depot, a few old signs and a nice atmosphere.  Mena was founded in 1896 as a railroad town at the eastern foot of Arkansas’s second highest peak, Rich Mountain (elev. 2,681).

Welcome to Mena, AR
Welcome to Mena, AR
Old Mena Depot, now the Visitor's Bureau
Old Mena Depot, now the Visitor’s Bureau
Which way do I go?  A large signpost in Mena, AR
Which way do I go? A large signpost in Mena, AR
Old Ghost Sign in Mena, AR
Old Ghost Sign in Mena, AR
Ghost Sign in Mena, AR
Ghost Sign in Mena, AR

Mena had this cool retro Studebaker place and it still had the old Studebaker cars.  It was built in 1948 and designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. (see more here)

Restored Studebaker Dealer building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
Restored Studebaker Dealer building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

A nice old mural welcomes you to Mena.

Welcome to Mena mural
Welcome to Mena mural

After Mena I took a beautiful drive down Arkansas Hwy 8 towards Arkadelphia, the last stop on this leg of the trip.

Arkansas Hwy 8
Arkansas Hwy 8
A view of Arkansas Hwy 8 southeast of Mena, AR
A view of Arkansas Hwy 8 southeast of Mena, AR

Highway 8 is a beautiful drive through the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas. The first major town is Glenwood, which is nestled in the foothills of the Ouchitas along the Caddo River.

Ghost sign in Glenwood, AR
Ghost sign in Glenwood, AR
A fun sign in the town of Glenwood, AR
A fun sign in the town of Glenwood, AR

Glenwood is a cute town with some old antique shops and a guitar store.

Billy's House of Guitars, Glenwood, AR
Billy’s House of Guitars, Glenwood, AR

Billy’s House of Guitars looks like it is not only a guitar shop, but also a live music venue (for a show called Front Porch Pickin’) in the hills of Arkansas.

Billy's sign at Billy's House of Guitars, Glenwood, AR
Billy’s sign at Billy’s House of Guitars, Glenwood, AR

OK, so I have been to a Taxidermy and Cheese shop in Canada. How about a Barber Shop and Auction House?

The OK Barber Shop in Glenwood, AR
The OK Barber Shop and Auction House in Glenwood, AR

Another interesting place in Glenwood is the Cattlemens Livestock Market, which has some awesome murals!  I just happened upon it and had to stop.

Cattlemen's Livestock Market
Cattlemen’s Livestock Market, Glenwood, AR
Front porch artwork at Cattlemen's Livestock Market in Glenwood, AR
Front porch artwork at Cattlemen’s Livestock Market in Glenwood, AR
Large Wall Mural at Cattlemen's Livestock Market in Glenwood, AR
Large Wall Mural at Cattlemen’s Livestock Market in Glenwood, AR

My brief stop in Glenwood was refreshing but I wanted to press on to my overnight stop in Arkadelphia, so soon I was back on the lovely drive down Arkansas 8.

Arkansas Hwy 8 near Amity, AR
Arkansas Hwy 8 near Amity, AR

AS I drove through the hills a rainy mist ensued and every so often a rainbow would pop out in front of me.  It was really nice.

Rainbow near Alpine, Arkansas as seen from Hwy 8
Rainbow near Alpine, Arkansas as seen from Hwy 8

I then came upon a church, which I later found out was the Trinity Temple Assembly of God between Alpine and Arkadelphia.  As I approached the rainbow had moved and looked like it was coming from the church…a pretty unique shot.

Trinity Temple Assembly of God in Arkadelphia, AR with a rainbow
Trinity Temple Assembly of God in Arkadelphia, AR with a rainbow

The rainbow continued on into Arkadelphia and floated over a Shell Station as a double rainbow.  It was so cool!

Rainbow in Arkadelphia, AR
Double Rainbow in Arkadelphia, AR

I finally made way into Arkadelphia.  A great name and a lovely town.

Arkadelphia Water Tower
Arkadelphia Water Tower

The day ended in a spectacular sunset, which I tried to capture.

Glowing sunset in Arkadelphia, AR
Glowing sunset in Arkadelphia, AR
Sunset in Arkadelphia
Sunset in Arkadelphia

Was a great two days of travel.

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