A to Z Challenge: The X 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 towns. To see what other bloggers will be posting about, check out the link: A to Z Theme Reveal List for 2016

XThe X Towns

For the X towns, I am taking a little deviation.  Since there are really only two places in the United States whose names begin with X (namely Xenia, Ohio and Xenia, Illinois), I am including a few places that have X in the name as well.

Xenia, Ohio

Welcome to Xenia, OH

Welcome to Xenia, OH

McColly Covered Bridge built in 1876

McColly Covered Bridge built in 1876

Charleston Mill Covered Bridge built in 1882

Charleston Mill Covered Bridge built in 1882

Stevenson Road Covered Bridge built in 1877

Stevenson Road Covered Bridge built in 1877

Ballard Road Covered Bridge built in 1883

Ballard Road Covered Bridge built in 1883

Clifton Mill in Clifton, OH

Clifton Mill in Clifton, OH

Xenia, Ohio is in central Ohio and is the County Seat for Greene County. I visited the town in 2008 specifically to hit the many covered bridges in the area.  Though most are not really in Xenia, but rather are in Greene County, Xenia was just the main destination.  Greene County has at least seven of them.  I have pictured a few above.  An, not far from Xenia is the town of Clifton and there is a bridge there as well as the Clifton Mill.  A great place to visit.  You can see more photos and read the history of these bridges on my 2008 post HERE.

Lexington, Kentucky

This is a large horse mural on a water tower off of I-75 north of Lexington

This is a large horse mural on a water tower off of I-75 north of Lexington

Lincoln by Eduardo Kobra, part of the 2013 PRHBTN Festival in Lexington, Kentucky

Lincoln by Eduardo Kobra, part of the 2013 PRHBTN Festival in Lexington, Kentucky

Large Horse barn on Yarnelton Rd. near Lexington

Large Horse barn on Yarnelton Rd. near Lexington

Thoroughbred Park

Thoroughbred Park

Horse and jockey racing down the track. Perhaps my favorite photo of all from Thoroughbred Park

Horse and jockey racing down the track. Perhaps my favorite photo of all from Thoroughbred Park

OK.  I admit it.  Lexington, KY is my home town.  There is a great deal to see here as this is the Horse Capital of the World and also the center of the Bourbon industry.  The city has some great eateries (try the Lexington Diner!!) It is the home of Keeneland Race Track, the Kentucky Horse Park and now also has a couple of dozen murals.  Rather than provide links, just go to this blogs’ Search Bar and type in Lexington to see a number of posts about Bourbon Trails, Horse Photos and the amazing murals and wall art that dot the city thanks to the PRHBTN group and LexArts.

Texarkana, Arkansas

Texarkana

Texarkana

Texarkana Water Tower

Texarkana Water Tower

Texarkana, Arkansas (and its neighbor in Texas) share a common road and share a post office, the only US Post Office that sits on a state line and is on two states. See more about one of my many visits (or drive thrus) of this town HERE.

Oxford County, Ontario

Snow Countess - large cow statue in Woodstock, Ontario

Snow Countess – large cow statue in Woodstock, Ontario

Woodstock, Ontario water tower

Woodstock, Ontario water tower

Jakeman's Maple Products - Beachville, Ontario

Jakeman’s Maple Products – Beachville, Ontario

Bruce Windmill Farm - Woodstock, Ontario

Bruce Windmill Farm – Woodstock, Ontario

Tulips in Oxford County, Ontario

Tulips in Oxford County, Ontario

I have mentioned in my blog posts a number of times that I spent 8 months living in Woodstock and Paris, Ontario.  Woodstock is the seat of Oxford County, which offers an abundance of interesting places to visit including the location of the first baseball game played in North America.  Read more on my detailed 2008 post HERE.

Rexburg, Idaho

Rexburg, ID

Rexburg, ID

Rexburg, Idaho LDS Temple

Rexburg, Idaho LDS Temple

Big Jud's Country Diner - Rexburg, Idaho

Big Jud’s Country Diner – Rexburg, Idaho

I spent a few weeks in Rexburg, Idaho in 2013 and got to travel extensively.  Nestled in the mountains of Idaho, it is close to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.  It is a small college town and home of BYU-Idaho.  Definitely a great place to visit.  Check out my detailed post about Rexburg (one of many) HERE.

Cotopaxi, Colorado (Honorable Mention)

Cotopaxi Store, Cotopaxi, Colorado

Cotopaxi Store, Cotopaxi, Colorado

Sange de Cristo Range near Cotopaxi as seen from CO Cty Hwy 1A

Sange de Cristo Range near Cotopaxi as seen from CO Cty Hwy 1A

US 50 south near Cotopaxi, Colorado

US 50 south near Cotopaxi, Colorado

In 2013 I drove from Rexburg, Idaho to Dallas, Texas for business.  Part of the trip took me on US Highway 50 which went through the small, but beautiful Cotopaxi, Colorado. See the entire trip HERE.

Exie, KY (Honorable Mention)

Greasy Creek Homestead in Exie, KY

Greasy Creek Homestead in Exie, KY

Not much to say other than there is a place called Exie, Kentucky and it has this Greasy Creek Homestead place.   It lies at the intersection of U.S. Route 68 with Kentucky Routes 487 and 745, south of the city of Greensburg.

Texline, Texas (Honorable Mention)

Texline, Texas

Texline, Texas

Main Street of Texline

Main Street of Texline

Sumoflam at Texas Border in Texline, Texas

Sumoflam at Texas Border in Texline, Texas

Like Exie, Texline, Texas is a blink your eyes and you’ll miss it place.  On the border of New Mexico and Texas, the town is in northwestern Dallam County, Texas and has a population of about 500. The town is named for its location near the New Mexico-Texas state line.  I drove thru there in 2013 on the same day as I drove through Cotopaxi, Colorado above.

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5 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge: The X Towns #atozchallenge

  1. Dan Miller

    X is always a tough one for me. I found the old townsite of Xenia, Colorado. It was an old railroad stop but not much is there now. Cotopaxi is awesome. We’ve been whitewater rafting through there on the Arkansas River.

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