Monday, February 24, 2014

Pic Today 2/24/14








WHAT'S NEW IN
CANTON, ILLINOIS?

Very little, actually,
and that's the problem.

Canton is a town frozen in time,
like stepping back 100 years.

Stately Victorian homes,
a downtown showing its age.
Antiques, including the buildings
that sell them, and a landmark
water tower in the center of town.

In the heart of the "corn belt,"
Canton is a rich agricultural community
with a foundry that invented the 
first steel V-plow (in 1840),
and later grew into International Harvester.

Prosperous until a labor strike
shut IH down for 170 days
(the longest running strike in U.S. history),
followed by a suspicious fire which
burned the company to the ground.

Since then, Canton has struggled to
renew its economy and commerce.
But small town values keep this
historic town friendly and intact.

(Tomorrow, a tour of Canton's
regionally famous 
Brown's Speedy Service Fine Foods.)

2 comments:

  1. Glad, you're back. And got wonderful pictures and information to share with us.

    Take care and be good.

    Much love,
    Bhags

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  2. What wonderful images of historical expression. As an herbalist, I'm especially fond of the apothecary collection ! love that!

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