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   Posted 10/15/2009 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
We all associate growing up with some town be it small or large. Maybe you moved a lot but there is likely one town that you loved the best. You may have grown up in the middle of town or it may have been several miles to the nearest town...either way describe the Main Street of your town, did you live IN town or a ways away...and what was the street you lived on like?

The town where I grew up was fairly small, oil & gravel streets and the ones on the outskirts were just dirt and gravel. We lived on the north edge where the road went from oil to gravel...right on the corner. Down the dead end gravel road beyond us was a huge canyon where the old railroad used to run long before I as born. But if you hunted around down there you could still find some old insulators or other things from the lines.

Main street was about ... ok, I wasn't sure how far it was from the house so I went to Google Earth and not only found it but if you've ever used that program they have camera views of a bazillion streets in the world...and in this tiny town they have pictures as if you were driving down the street! I can see the house, neighbors, everything. Don't even have to go there to see it...what a surprise to me!

OK, it was exactly 1/2 mile and that was the center of I said it was small. There was a small grocery store, drug store, tiny post office, barber shop, 1 service station and a couple other misc. shops...and a diner complete with cocktail But on either end of town we did have taverns...3 or 4 as I You could walk any where you needed to go and we usually did...even to school which was on the SE side of town, 1 mile from home. No white or yellow lines on the streets, except for main just kept on your side. Stop signs only on a couple of major roads. I loved growing up there and for me I prefer not to go back even though it's under an hour away.

So, what was your town/street/city like where you grew up?
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   Posted 10/16/2009 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I grew up outside a town in a small community, with farms around us, outside the city limits, but it was called a township...
Ya knew everyone, as it was so small, and the big snow plows hardly ever came to do our street, so my dad would
use the snow blower to clear the street, it was a gravel street....I walked along the rail road tracks to HS school a few times...
The grocery stores we're a long drive and we usually got meat from a butcher shop...Apple farms we're near us...
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   Posted 10/16/2009 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
So, what was your town/street/city like where you grew up?
   Dear Chutz,
       After we finally stopped moving....  The "town" we settled in had a 1 four way stop sign on the way to the interstate :-)   A "feed store" on one corner, a post office on one side, and a church / food bank on the other.
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   Posted 10/16/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I grew up in a really small town.  I'm meaning small!!  When we moved from Minn at the age of 4 a bigger community to washington state.  We had two restraunts, 1 tavern, country store, 1 antique store, 1 gas station/post office combined.  That was it!  No lights or stop signs on the main road.  Years later I found out it was on the outskirts of an indian reservation.  The school was connected with Elem, middle and highschool.  I remember only 28 kids in my grade.
I lived way out in the farming community.  about 3 miles from town.  My bus stop was about 1 mile from the house.  The road I lived on was gravel with no electricity.  My father was insane and thought he could make everything work with a generator.  We had all the farm animals and had milk delivered in the big gallon jars every other morning.
Now that I'm rereading this its sounds like I'm 90 years  I'm only 39.  My kids can't believe what my father put us through but it did teach me to prepare for season changes.  Chopping wood in spring but ALWAYS make sure you chop enough..LOL  One winter we had to fall trees in two feet of snow.
Oh ya friendships were difficult there.  We had to ride our horses to meet up in the middle.  Now thats country
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   Posted 10/16/2009 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   

I grew up in Ky. As a child I thought it was the coolest place to live. Population was about 25,000. Our main street was called Winchester Ave that started from one of town, went all the way thru to the next burb. This street went on for miles.

Our downtown was really neat, we had 3 dimes stores, several banks, 2 movie theaters, clothing stores, several shoe stores, drug stores and all sorts of shops. It was a busy downtown area.

At Christmas the downtown transformed into something out of a story book. Fresh greenery was strung across the streets with colored lights. A large lit centerpiece was placed in the center of each swag that went across the street. Each block had a different centerpiece. A true sight to behold for a young child.

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   Posted 10/16/2009 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I grew up in Hollywood Florida way back when. We had a house built in a new development and there was a cow pasture with many cows right across the street. Main street was Hollywood Blvd and was only a few blocks away. It was a two lane highway and not too many cars were on the road.

As the years went by, the town grew and grew. The cows went away and more houses were built. Hollywood Blvd became four lanes and lots of traffic could be seen at all hours of the day and night.

Now the neighborhood is still there and so is my house, but everything is deteriorating. Makes me feel sad when I see it. But I have my memories and nobody can take them away.

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   Posted 10/16/2009 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I've got you all beat in how small the town was. I live on "main" street. We had three gas stations, a nursing home, two churches, and a small city hall. The city's population was 200! Yep! 200!
I rode my bike all over the town except "School House Hill" (no school, just the nursing home) it was too steep. My friend and I tried riding down it one time on a dare. She landed in a ditch with a scraped knee and sprained ankle. I made it down to the bottom of the hill, but I tore up my flip flops trying to stop the bike.

I'd love that town. I've gone back a few times, I still looks the same. Like it's frozen in time.

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