WHAT'S NEW IN
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
Brown's Speedy Service Fine Foods.)