Sunday, November 28, 2010
On the Edge of the Limelight
I googled "Acton, Maine". One of the ga-jillion hits was Wikipedia's entry for Acton. As is their style, Wiki will include an image of some kind with every article. And guess what? Yeah that's right, the picture shown was taken from the end of my lower drive looking down the hill to Acton Corner. It was a Kodak moment caught on camera around 1920. That's uh, let's do the math...... uh one, two, thr...... Oh screw it, where's my calculator? Shit. Batteries are dead. Um, okay, I'll wing it and guess about 90 years ago.
The buildings seen in the image are still here and look pretty much the same. The only difference is tree cover now hides the buildings on the far ridge. The two on the left are the town hall and current library. To the right is the Congo Church. It has a new steeple now. The old one sits rotting in the yard next door.
Washington Monument in DC - more like living at the Washington Monument at Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore, but with a Maine twist. So yeah like I am really cool now.
This recent brush with fame brought back my last encounter with historical links to days gone by. This image, snapped around 1900 is of Springvale, Maine's first bike shop. Philpot's General Store, as it existed 110 years ago, was located not 50 feet from my bike shop's current location. My bike shop is at the rear of the building to the right of the pile of bike crates. And though this knowledge caused me to become a local legend in my own mind, it pales in comparison to living on a spot recognized throughout the know cyberspace.
I hope I can deal with almost being famous.