People usually remember where they grew up – mainly because it’s where they spent their formative years. They remember their favorite places, the people they visited, the friends they made, the schools they went to, and so on.
I grew up in Laurel – a railroad town in southern Montana. Some would say the town was built around the railroad. After all, it is a very large yard – one of the largest in the region, so naturally I have a love for trains and enjoy seeing them as they rumble down the tracks. In fact, I used to fall asleep at night to the soft rumble of the trains – occasionally hearing the squeal of the wheels and the kkkkkkkk-k-k-k-k-k-K-K-K-K-KRUMP! of the freight trains as they would couple up to a long line of cars before pulling them to go down the tracks.
Main Street was where people did most of whatever it was they did, since quite a few shops were on that street. Yes, some were on 1st, which ran north-south, while Main ran east-west (roughly). The south side, just south of the underpass also had a number of places to do business. Aside from those main roads, most of the rest of the town is residential, with parks dotted here and there to relax and play in.
I remember what was in different locations in this town, and what all changed over the years that I observed. I know the names of the places during each of the changes – at least as long as I’ve been around, which has been a while. For example, there is a place on Main Street that at one time was called the Mill Drive In. I remember sitting across the alley from the place when it caught fire back in the 70’s. It was a shell for a while until someone renovated the place, and called it the Sundae Shoppe. It was that for a time until that closed down. The next business that inhabited that place was a fabric store that I don’t remember the name of, but it had a logo of a pair of black scissors in the window. These days, it’s now the Railside Diner (aptly named, given the town), and has been ever since.
Yes………those are the types of details that I remember. Some buildings have disappeared completely, while others now exist where none did before. It’s interesting to see what all has changed over the years, and what has stayed pretty much the same. I plan on starting up a video series this summer, talking about the various places, and what all has changed. I’m not sure if anyone else will join me in these videos, but if they do, it’ll be a bonus. I’ll be showing these videos on my YouTube channel, so once I get that going, then I’ll have more information at that time.
Memories………always best shared with others………especially the happy ones.