Ramada Conference Center Altoona
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... only rule". Selea has some beautiful homes with large gardens along a creek... Then there's Maddensville. Here I spot a swimming hole created by damming up a small creek with a large boulder jutting into it. I head down to take a picture or two. Should I? It's autumn, and I'm sure the water is freezing cold. But still... the water looks enticing, and I am feeling a bit hot. So I plunge in to the electrifying feeling of cold... swim around to the other side of the ...
... with houses with enormous yards. This actually bothers me more than the trailer park--at least the trailer park provides homes for people in a space efficient way... this development looks like a squandering of a precious resource on huge yards that people really aren't going to use for anything... Veering off to the west is my next town: Newry. This town wins the prize for Shabbiest Town Hall. It looks like a little old church ...
... it is a Civil War monument and a monument to the the pioneer family with the father holding a gun and the mother reading the child a book. Sort of the stereotypical image we like to preserve of the first white settlers. Incidentally, I learn, Logan Valley is actually named after a Native American leader who lost his role as chief because he lost his eye due to an arrow. He was friendy towards the colonists ...
... There a couple little mini plaza-parks (with no people in them)... a couple of nice murals... a farmers market (with maybe 4 vendors). Still, it feels more like a symbolic effort more than anything.
I head across the tracks to see what more I discover. There's a railroad museum... but I balk at the 10$ entrance feel. I continue on south to where the city meets the woods--and things abruptly change. Beautiful homes along shady boulevards. Everything ...
... how's the economy here in this area?" "It's a retirement area, really.... there are some jobs. A factory nearby is hiring 6 or 7 people... and there's some work at expanding the Del Grosso amusement park..." One thing there doesn't seem to be much at all here is agriculture. I've seen some grassy meadows that might be used to feed animals, but nothing more. I reach Bellwood, my next "official" town ...