Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Roadside Rest Stop

In the early 1920's little country stores like this one started appearing along the dusty dirt roads.  Cars were becoming available to more people.  Travel to distant locations became more common.  Back then it was a big event to travel on dirt roads for 20-30 miles to visit "distant relatives."   These little convenience stores were strategically located so that you could get gasoline and a refreshing soda pop along the way.  Although the gas pumps have disappeared from this abandoned building, there were stacks of old egg cartons on the shelf.  This particular store was a place of social networking for the local inhabitants probably up into the 1970s. 

1 comment:

  1. You can still see a few stores like that in the UP. In fact, I seem to remember a couple of them being used. I'm half tempted to find an old Stuckey's building and take pictures of that for a project. I think there are still a couple west of Ann Arbor (maybe even west of Jackson...don't remember though).


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