Sunday, November 27, 2016

Marysville, Kansas


I've been visiting here a time or two a year for more than 40 years. Mrs. C went to high school here and grew up on a farm 17 miles away. Marysville has about 3,300 people. The area is rolling prairie, not at all flat. Farmers grow corn, wheat, milo and alfalfa. Some raise cattle. When you drive down the gravel country roads the drivers of oncoming cars always wave hi as they pass.

This is small town America. Kansas has conservative booze laws and most bars can only serve beer with 3.2% alcohol, yet they are well-patronized. The main street appliance store survives despite the Walmart on the edge of town. Since I was here last summer, benches have sprung up all over town memorializing the deceased members of so many classes of Marysville High School. And why not paint a neo-primitive picture of the Wagon Wheel Cafe (where breakfast provides enough calories to last a week) on a circular saw blade?              




5 comments:

s.c said...

The saw blad is a real speciality and beer with only 3.5% alcohol is no beer at all for the people here. Nice snippets of small town America not known to a lot of europeans.

Sharon Anck said...

What an appealing picture you have painted. When you live in a big city, you forget that places like this still exist.

William Kendall said...

The saw blade is quite a treat.

bill burke said...

An interesting snapshot of small town America. I didn't know about Kansas and their 3.2% alcohol law for beer. I guess that is not the place to stop for a good tasting micro brew.:)

Jack said...

I have no idea what is going on with the reverse script on that bench!