Saturday, August 23, 2008

Small Town Skylines

A Tin Man water tower and a grain elevator mark little towns like Donnelson, Iowa. Lots of these communities survive as bedroom communities where housing is less expensive than in towns where the jobs are. Motorists don't usually stop to look around unless they need coffee and gas at the convenience store.

County seats in the midwest are often marked by ornate courthouses that were built in the late nineteenth century. This courthouse is in Washington, Iowa, and there is lots of activity going on around this landmark.

The town square is in the process of a major facelift, and the activity has been entertaining. A couple of buildings have been demolished on the south side of the square and a new library is going to take their place. The rebuilt sidewalks have electric heat to melt the ice during the winter. I guess they don't believe in Global Warming.

Monroe, Wisconsin has the prettiest courthouse I have seen. Catty-cornered from this magnificent edifice is the Huber brewery, and right next to that is tavern where you can partake of good food, Wisconsin Cheese, and brewery fresh beer. Just remember to think of your head in the morning.

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