A Whole Lotta Personality

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There’s a lot of personality in this picture. I love old license plates and the gas pump is gorgeous. If I had a garage I’d probably have a collection of vintage gas and oil pieces (so it’s probably good that I don’t have a garage).

You can see this and other odd scenes at Hole in the Rock near Moab, Utah.

 

 

Glessner Covered Bridge

IMG_5422.JPGThere’s no greater joy than finding something unexpected.

Earlier this month, I took a road trip with a good friend. Our destination was some Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Pennsylvania. Along the way we visited the Flight 93 Memorial, a story that I’ll tell you later this week. We also drove into the village of Shanksville and, on our way out of town, stumbled across this covered bridge.

Meria said this was the happiest she had seen me in a long time, as I practically skipped down the road to get a closer look. As we were driving away, I caught a glimpse of this image in my rear view and just had to stop.

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It sounds crazy but my happiest times these days are just spent wandering around, looking at nothing and at everything. You never know what you’ll see in this big ole’ world. Incidentally, this was our first sign of fall this year – it was a cool, windy day and there were patches of color here and there as you can see in the photo below. We loved it.

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In case you’re interested, this is the Glessner Covered Bridge in Somerset County, Pa. A plaque nearby says that it was built in 1881 by Tobias Glessner and is an example of multiple King Post and Burr Arch style truss. It was closed in 1995 but rehabbed in 1998. It is now open to traffic.

The pictures below show the construction.

Stepping Back With Sturm Hardware

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It’s no secret that I’m a history buff and sort of a nerd when it comes to exploring towns and seeking out special places with interesting stories. My little nerd heart was pretty happy when I found my way into Sturm’s Hardware in downtown Jasper, Indiana.

This place is like a time capsule.

In fact, it reminds me of a couple of places that captured my imagination when I was a child. Fout’s Store, near where I live, was a country store with a big old stove and bulk candy during the holidays. The light streaming through the large windows, the old wood floors and the nice old couple who ran it gave the impression you were literally stepping back a century simply by walking through those old front doors. What I wouldn’t give to go back there again, even just for a moment.

The lady pictured above is named Sharon. Her grandfather opened this store as LH Sturm Hardware in 1895. He died when she was small but she has some memories of him. She also remembers walking to the hardware from the time she was very small and spending many hours there.

The store is one of the oldest hardwares in Indiana and has been continuously operated by Sharon’s family since her grandfather opened the doors.

Her family has left it pretty much the same as it has been since the very beginning. They still use original fixtures to display things like window screen and hand tools. The wooden shelves and display cases are lined with new old stock in the original boxes. The only real changes are the addition of some tables to hold more modern merchandise such as Lodge cast iron pans, beer and wine making supplies and lots of little kitchen gadgets.

I purchased a cute little egg timer and some new floral garden gloves.

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They display some old toys and advertising pieces that are original to the store, some of the items coming from the attic many years ago. They even have an old butter churn.

There’s a handmade display piece that holds a variety of old light bulbs and an enormous stove in the middle of everything. It’s no longer in use but Sharon talked about how men in the community used to pull up a chair around the stove and discuss the price of corn and the problems of the world.

Jasper (46)She was a delightful hostess and a big help to local customers who came in the store needing help with their Saturday morning projects. It’s the kind of place where you can walk in holding a bolt and ask to buy two more like it. With a little digging she can find what you need and sell you the amount you need. None of this buying in bulk!

I really loved it there and hated to leave but feared she would think me suspicious if I stayed too long. Ha ha.

So I left. Sort of regrettably. But with that wonderful warm feeling you get when you know you’ve met someone truly special and witnessed something that not everyone gets to see. It felt like I had been transported into another century when I entered that screen door and like I was pulled back to the present with the harsh light of that October day.

Visit them online if you wish to know more about Sturm Hardware. See below for some pictures.

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A Different View

I was recently with a tour group. While everyone else was taking pictures of this:

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This is what I saw:

 

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Isn’t it pretty? The road, the buildings and the trees are so much more interesting than just the landscape. Sometimes when the crowd is focusing on one thing, it’s a good idea to turn around and look for what they’re missing.

There’s No Crying In Baseball

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There may be no crying in baseball but I was pretty sad to come so close to this particular baseball stadium and not be be able to see inside. That’s because it’s the stadium where the movie “A League Of Their Own” was filmed.

Constructed in 1894, League Stadium served as the perfect home field for the Rockford Peaches in the early nineties hit. It’s one of those movies that I always have to stop and watch and I don’t care if it’s the beginning, middle or end of the movie.

The Dubois County Bombers is a collegiate team that plays there each summer. They wear vintage uniforms and the stadium is filled with vintage advertising and movie references.

I was there early one October morning, long past the end of baseball season. I wasn’t able to get inside but could see just enough to pique my imagination. One of my bucket list items for next summer is to see a baseball game here just so I can get inside the stadium.

Want to go? Huntingburg is a quaint town with some cute shops, great architecture and  friendly people. It’s also home to the Old School Cafe with a great veggie wrap! I stayed in nearby Jasper which is also a nice place with a great old theater and other fun things to see and do.

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