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From The Days of Railway Splendor

From The Days of Railway Splendor, originally uploaded by elefanterosado.

Though Bellows Falls, Vermont still struggles as one of the poorer towns in Windham County, its plush and opulent houses are a reminder of the railway boom days of several generations past. Houses like this beautiful yellow one are found along every street and in every nook and cranny.

Bellows Falls is also undergoing a gentrification which has involved a renaissance for its village square. The village is dotted with several coffee shops, a book store, and even Fat Franks, the king of down and dirty hot dogs.

Recently an acquaintance of mine, B, who moved from Windham County up to Rutland, Vermont encountered the usual north/south rivalry when a friend asked him: “Why did you move to Rutland? Why would anyone move to Rutland?”

In another conversation, a Rutland-ite stated bluntly to B: “Bellows Falls sucks.”

“Well, have you been there lately?” he asked.

“No,” the person admitted.

“Then don’t knock it,” B advised him.

Them’s fighting words. But then again, New England is nothing if not provincial. And some province dwellers should really step out of their comfort zones from time to time. They might be surprised at what they find in parts unknown of this small and charming state.

Comments

Comment from ray massucco
Time March 13, 2009 at 8:41 pm

hey, devotee of pablo, thanks for standing up for bellows falls. some of us get it. the rest of the world is slowly coming around.
ray