Saturday, October 6, 2007

Mineral Point

The town reminds me a little of Fredericksburg, Texas. Lots of old houses and buildings are made of limestone and the area is hill country. They quarry limestone too. The mines are closed. The early Cornish miners left to join the '49ers looking for gold in California. They quit mining zinc in 1979.

We loved the residential areas and all the mature red maples around town. There is an outdoor museum dedicated to the old miners with many well preserved buildings. Main street still serves the needs of the community and while it has shops selling art, it also has all the hardware, pharmacy etc needed. No Walmart. One carpet shop was closed but had a sign in the window, "If you need Jim, look for him across at the hardware store." I didn't see Floyd's barber shop but would expect there is a similar shop here.

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