Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Across the street from the park, is an old hotel built in the late 1890's to mimic the steamboats that used to come up the river this far before turning around. It was falling apart at one point until someone bought it, fixed it up and turned it into a bed and breakfast. I brought my wife here once for a weekend away and nine months later our first daughter was born. It may be a coincidence but the old hotel will always have me convinced that it played a part. This visit however, the old hotel looks like it has slipped back into non-usage and it is such a shame. But for a poor rural community like this, there just isn't the money to maintain such a place just for posterity.
The one thing that has remained over the years is the rocket ship seen below that I played on as a child. All the other pieces of playground equipment have long been deemed unsafe to play on by modern kids and have been replaced by plastic versions with rounded corners and no sharp edges. I'm not sure how this one escaped the wrecking ball but it warms my heart to see my kids playing on it thinking it is the coolest thing in the park. Perhaps one day, God willing, I will be able to see my grandkids play there as well.