Small town America

Casper Wyoming, a small town with a surprising past.

Part 5 of the series Small Town America  I grew up in Casper, Wyoming, from age seven to age nineteen.  To me, Casper had always been this small, isolated, provincial, western town in a cowboy state known for its sheep and cattle and, I thought, a few oil wells.  It was the place where I grew…… Continue reading Casper Wyoming, a small town with a surprising past.

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Grade school in Casper, Wyoming 1947-1952

The fourth article in a series on Small Town America. When I was seven years old, my parents decided to move to Wyoming. My uncle Ken lived in Casper, Wyoming where he taught at a very small two year college called Casper college.  He talked my father into applying for a job at Casper College…… Continue reading Grade school in Casper, Wyoming 1947-1952

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Small town America, then and now

Part 3 of the series, Small Town America After thinking a little more about my early days in the small town of Hancock, Michigan, it seems to me that there are some pretty significant differences between what small town life was like in the 1940s and what it is like now. The main point I’m…… Continue reading Small town America, then and now

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Coal mining and survival in Appalachia

This post is a review of an article in this week’s New Yorker Magazine titled “The Future of Coal Country”, by Eliza Griswold.  Here is a link to the original article.  All quotations in this post are from that article. The New Yorker article is mainly about Veronica Coptis, a local from Greene County, Pennsylvania…… Continue reading Coal mining and survival in Appalachia

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My small towns, 2: Hancock, Michigan, 1944-1947

Part 2 of the series Small Town America When I was very young, my family lived in Hancock, Michigan.  This was definitely a very small town and still is.  The current population is 4581, which is pretty much the same as it was when I lived there. Hancock is right up on the end of…… Continue reading My small towns, 2: Hancock, Michigan, 1944-1947

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Small town America and me

Part 1 of the Series, Small Town America I have very mixed feelings about small town America. On one hand I have always lived in small American towns, and this is where I have always felt most comfortable.  These small towns have always been the places I have chosen to live. On the other hand,…… Continue reading Small town America and me