This is basically my entire home town. Seriously. When I say I grew up rural, I mean rural!
The only photo I didn’t include is of the one gas station in town, which is apparently now owned by the woman that used to own the only hair salon in town. I hear they even have wi-fi at the gas station now? Fancy!
I went to the same school that my parents and all my aunts and uncles attended before me. Some of my teachers also taught my parents. Yes, it is the Home of the Sailors. Our fight song was Anchors Aweigh.
I worked at Davidson’s when I was younger (a lumber mill). Only the children of the management employees really were lucky enough to have a summer job there. They created jobs for us (girls) like gardening and giving tours, since there wasn’t a lot of room on the green chain for females (Thank God, what an awful gig - the boys our age had to work in the hay fields.)
The little evangelical church is still there - my parents were married in that church and I attended vacation Bible school there every summer.
The Gingerbread Village is where my grandma worked as a cook and pie maker for many, many years. Everyone loved her. <3
The Alpha Bit was (and still is) my favorite place growing up because it represented something else. It was the hippy store that the folks who owned the Alpha Farm owned and operated. It smelled weird in there. There were people who were clearly not loggers there. And they sold books and arts & crafts and I loved it.
[I got these photos from a group called: You Know Your [sic] From Mapleton When group on Facebook]