I like old stuff. Antiques of all kinds, old buildings, old houses, old cars, old people. 🙂 If it’s old, I like it!
Our town was established in 1830. It’s old – I like it. Yesterday my dad and I went on a walking guided tour of our town and found out all kinds of neat info, most of which my dad already knew and I had no idea about! It was really fun. It was also blazing hot. I think it was in the low to mid 90’s yesterday and the sun was beating down on us. So, with the heat making me feel like a giant, oozing slug, I neglected to get any pictures. Maybe another time.
I’d like to take the tour again in the fall because I know there were a lot of things that we didn’t see or discuss because of the heat.
One item of interest that I had no idea about was the Yellow Trail. We have a neat museum on the town square called the Yellow Trail Museum. I’ve often wondered what the name meant, but never took the initiative to find out.
So, on the tour, our guide (who just happened to also be my 2nd grade teacher) told us that back in the early 1900’s, a man (who’s name escapes me right now) built a very nice brick building on the square. The building is still there. The big building was to be an auto repair shop. He bought all of the latest and greatest equipment and tools and made a very nice shop.
There was one problem. There weren’t many cars back then and certainly not many at all in tiny Hope, Indiana. So he created some business cards and took them to all of the neighboring counties and bigger towns that said “Follow the Yellow Trail to Hope, Indiana”. Then he left a yellow trail by painting a big yellow band on trees and poles all the way back to the shop.
It became kind of popular for people to hop in the car and follow the yellow trail. And by the time that most of them made it, their automobiles would be in some kind of need of repair as there weren’t any smooth paved roads back then! I loved this story! It was probably my favorite of the whole tour.