The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Monday Mural


Newmark, Arkansas

 Do click on the photo to better see what are scenes depicting the life and times of Newmark.

You may wonder why this mural, that at one time must have been quite stunning is now in such bad shape.  Well the answer lies in the fact the entire town was in bad shape.  This is their Main Street.  Not a single business existed.  On around the corner in the distance the "business district" continued, all abandoned.  Only a couple stores had stuff inside which appeared to be storage and nothing more.  Another very sad example of small town America withering away.  
Look again in the top photo and you can see a small stage off to the right.  No doubt the little town once held some entertainment gatherings and social functions but no more.





15 comments:

  1. How sweet to have a performance stage in front of the town's history mural. How sad to have the town disappear. Do you know what happened to the town? Wonder what it's like to be the last person to turn out the lights. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

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  2. Oh my goodness--how sad to see an entire town disappear. All those empty buildings. The stories they could tell. MB

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  3. A whole town and nobody cares. What a story but a reality in your country. Sometimes also by us but then there is a reason like making the harbor bigger or building a very dangerous plant so that a village has to be moved to a safer distance. But in both circumstances it goes about money I think.

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  4. ...it is a sad fact when in today's society, 'progress' doesn't always mean the same as we knew it anymore

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  5. Who would have ever thought we'd be creating ghost towns in the 21st century? The mural is a reminder of better times.

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  6. It is sad it all disappears, it is so beautiful painted with so much details and so huge, someone must have had a lot of time to create this.

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  7. it is sad to see a 'hometown' gone.

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  8. My town, Moberly Missouri, had the railroad running through it. When the railroad went around, it hurt Moberly.

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  9. PS: It's sad to see this happen to towns. A lot of times, a town will get a Wal Mart, and it will kill all the downtown shops.

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  10. So true, we spent the winter in Arizona and Nevada. We drove down from Toronto and back and stopped in many small towns just like this. Some towns do a better job of keeping their Main St. going but people prefer the modern shopping malls.

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  11. Sad, yes, but historically speaking as times change so do the centers of "industry". From farm life to big cities, from small town shops to malls, from railroads to the modern automobile, populations adapt, shift and change. Hopefully whoever used to be here is somewhere better suited to them now. Lots of Newfies had to leave the island when the fisheries got depleted, it's all about adaptation and survival! Newfoundland is now starting to rebound but I don't know if the small towns there will ever fill up again.

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  12. Sad, it's true...however, as a piece of art, this mural is enhanced by the elements affect on it. I like it this way, makes you think!

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  13. I like the way the mural has aged but I wish someone could arrest it so that it doesn't completely disappear.

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