As I have posted before, The Burg is a small town in the mid-west. It happens to be the county seat. One of the treasures in this area are the other towns surrounding us. Some are in the same county and some are not. But most are only between eight and 30 miles away.
I went to Leeton, MO a week ago and went back the other day with my camera. Leeton is quite small with a population of a little over five hundred people. The buildings from down town are awesome, but sadly, vacant or used as housing, I think. I always feel sad when small town America is no more.
I’ll let the images talk. Please know that the last photos are something I do not understand totally or agree with. I’m sure (hopeful) that the resident is not totally aware of how this affects others. Especially when you read some history of the town and how the founder served in the Union Army for several years. Also, given the recent occurrences of racial tension in our nation (or should I say ongoing?) I can’t help but think this is a problem……
Enough of that. Enjoy the photos. I love this area of our country.
I took on the task of reviewing a book with Bethany House Publishers. I love to read and thought this would be a nice relaxing thing for me to do. I chose fiction.
The book I chose is titled Refining Fire by Tracie Peterson. I love fiction and of course a dash of romance is always good. This story also has a touch of real history involved in it’s plot. That was my deciding factor on this particular novel.
It started off slow for me. It appeared to be your typical Christian romance novel until and the subject of human trafficking popped up. This drew me into the plot. I do recommend this book simply because the author has a wonderful way of entwining history, real spirituality and romance into one plot.
No spoilers here, I recommend you get a copy. But, the climax in this book had me reading faster and heart rate went up a bit. So exciting!
Here is a blurb off the back cover about the author: Tracie Peterson’s love for history and research fuels the bestselling stories she writes. She is the author of over one hundred novels and the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award. Tracie and her family live in Montana.
It is no longer a True Value Hardware store……. they have moved to another part of town.
I did find out that this building is registered as a National Historic building and apparently maintained by the National Parks Service. I may need to research that some more……. it looks neglected in some respects. Where is Teddy Roosevelt when you need him 😉
So there is one mystery solved. If you drive around The Burg you can see mules here and there out in pastures. My next quest will be to meet one, face-to-face. I have never been close to a mule.
It is Friday. The weather has warmed to a normal temperature. The sky is blue and the sun is bright.
Tomorrow an old friend is stopping by for a night, with her daughter and doggie, on their way to a new adventure in the eastern part of our country.
I love catching up with old friends. Facebook just isn’t enough.
I must go and prepare. Here is a picture of a building I found in The Burg. Honestly, I have no idea of the history of this painting. If someone knows, please, let me know. I have been fascinated by this since we moved here.
I love old brick buildings. I love the hidden stories that can come from them………