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January 26, 2015

We are not getting the snow like other parts of the country, but we've enjoyed a good dusting today.  I took the bicycle out early today and climbed the ridge to the water tower area for a shot of our town.  Using an older Panasonic superzoom camera, I framed one of the riverfront neighborhoods.  The oldest section of town is laid out in a grid pattern because it was a project of the Means and Russell Iron Company that established it in 1869.  According to Wikipedia, the town was established in anticipation of the western expansion of the railroad from Huntington, West Virginia, which finally did occur but after 20 years.  The expansion brought a railyard, roundhouse, and shops all of which employed a great deal of my family for the last 60 or 70 years I suppose.  Wikipedia also notes that the Ohio River flooded the city in 1884, then smallpox hit in 1901, then a fire burned up the downtown in 1903.

 Here is another shot from the same spot last year.  I'm happy to say that after working hard for 3 or 4 months in the gym and bike trails that I was able to climb the ridge without stopping, which is a record for me.  Stay warm.