I hope you are Loving these A to Z posts and I hope that they are not too Laughable. I am trying not to be Lazy or Lavish, but want to present some places worth Learning about.
These posts are Lengthy, but not quite Legendary. I hope that you find them Likeable. For me, there is nothing like getting Lost in my wanderings.
ENJOY THE READ! ENJOY THE RIDE!
I might as well start out with something upbeat and fun. On Valentine’s Day 2020, we arrived in Loving, Texas and sent out Valentine’s Days cards to family from there. Yes indeed, it was planned!!
Loving is located in the northern part of Texas, north of Dallas. It was founded in 1907 on land that was part of the Lost Valley Loving Ranch, owned by Oliver Loving. It is now home to about 300 residents.
LAKE JACKSON, TEXAS
Let’s stay in Texas for another one and head south to Lake Jackson, a mid-sized town of 27,000 located south of Houston. I visited Lake Jackson for one purpose…to find my way!! All streets coming from the downtown area end in the word “Way.” There is Center Way, Winding Way, Parking Way and more. But, the real clincher for me were the two intersecting street named This Way and That Way. They even have an Any Way, which I didn’t get to.
As you can see, I did find my way to downtown Lake Jackson and even found a plaque commemorating the unusual naming of these streets.
LE CLAIRE, IOWA
This lovely little town is located on the Mississippi River and has about 5,000 people. It is filled with many unique shops, a nice museum and a number of Antique shops. In fact, you may have even heard of one of them… Antique Archaeology! No?? Well, you may have heard of the History Channel TV Show “American Pickers?” This is where it all got started! I have visited here three times and love the little place and I always enjoy a nice visit to Antique Archaeology. In my visits in the past I got to meet and chat with Danielle Colby, who now works out their Nashville shop, and I also got a shot with Rob Wolfe, Mike’s brother, who took Frank’s place in 2021.
LAKE NEBAGAMON, WISCONSIN
There is not much in this very northern Wisconsin town located south US Highway 2 and east of US Highway 53. There are just over 1,000 residents, but one of them has become very famous. His name is James Frank Kotera, aka JFK. He claims to be the most famous JFK because of his world renowned giant ball of twine, all hand-made by him over his many years. I made a trip to visit him in 2007. Since then his twine ball has grown even larger and he continues to build it.
When we visited him in 2007 the giant twine ball weighed over 19,600 pounds and continued to grow. JFK brings twine back from the city dump or from donations and adds it manually (after carefully weighing each amount before adding). He started this giant in 1979,
LIZARD LICK, NORTH CAROLINA
I refer to another TV show from the past. Lizard Lick Towing appeared on TRUTV from 2011 to 2014 and stared Ron Shirley, his wife and a few others. On a trip to North Carolina I had to make a stop there. The name is unusual and the show was really something else. I didn’t meet the Shirleys, but I did get a couple of pictures. Unfortunately, I was in hurry that day, so I just zipped on through.
How about a quick jaunt into Western Canada and a visit to Lethbridge. I have friends that live there, so we visited back in 2007. There are a couple of odd things in town so it is worth a visit. First off is their famed “World’s Largest Wind Gauge” located up on a hill in town to catch the best wind. They even provide a plaque to decipher things. The other is Ric’s Grill – dinner in a Water Tower. We got to eat up in the Water Tower and it was a great experience. It closed down for a period, but it has apparently since reopened as the Water Tower Grill & Bar.
High in the cascades of Washington sits a quaint little Bavarian-style town known as Leavenworth. A very friendly place and definitely focused on attracting tourists. US Highway 2 runs right through the town so it is easy to stop in for a visit. The road signs are written in German and there are restaurants that focus on Bavarian and German cuisine. There are a number of other shoppes in town. It is really a fun little town (if you can find a place to park!!!)
Many more L places could be presented, but not much time. So, here are a few one shots from the road!
Do you see the light?
A nice suburb of Hamilton, Ohio with a fantastic mural!
Looney Ridge, Virginia
Nestled in the mountains of southern Montana, this town is still rustic.
Long Beach, Washington
Considered the longest beach in the U.S., its a great tourist destination along the shore of the Pacific Ocean. The small town offers up plenty of FANTASTIC clam chowder. And there is plenty of wildlife to be seen.
Lost Springs, Wyoming
And I will end here in Lost Springs, Wyoming, formerly population 1, but it has grown to 4. Here I am with both signs taken in different years.
Well, another long trip is complete. There will MORE tomorrow with the M Towns!!
Hope you enjoyed the read and the ride!
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