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A few words in Jewell County

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When we first enter a town, we drive around to get the lay of the land.  Before we meet the people, we read the signs.  They are either informative, humorous, or charming!

The pickup seemed a perfect prop in front of the machine shop sign in Burr Oak.

I don't think this alarm in Jewell is used any more but I wouldn't want to test it!

The 1936 Jewell County Courthouse is the only courthouse in the state to be constructed by the WPA (Works Progress Administration).

Now a thrift shop, the YMCA still sports it's original sign.

Thanks to efforts of many, the Ute theater is once again providing movies for the community.

A local man erected this recognition to Edison in 1957 (or 1967).  It sits across the street from what was the high school at the time.

All that is left of Randall schools is this granite homage in front of the abandoned rural high school.

With day lilies bordering the front sidewalk, it must be pleasant to walk into this depot post office.

A nice sign and symbol of the old days in the Webber park is situated right beside the post office.

That's what I call a strong declaration of a city name!

We can attest to the truth of this sign in the unincorporated town of Lovewell.

What will be the next announcement in Formoso? 

The individuality of expression is unique to each town.  When out exploring, it's worth the time to dip into each town to detect part of the story, if even just from the signage.

It's all good in Jewell County!

See you down the road, KE #2 Marci Penner.




From bridges to cinnamon rolls in Jewell County

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Jewell County was full of delights and visual plus's.  Here are a few:

It's the look, the rarity, and the remote location of these iron truss bridges that make a crossing feel like an adventure.  We're in northeast Jewell County but what road?!  I'll find it somewhere.

If you love cinnamon rolls, just tromp over the prairie to get to the Buffalo Roam Steakhouse in Mankato for some of Carl's best.  Located on U.S. 36 and open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and Monday-Saturday 5-9 p.m.

Don't you love to find "only's"?  The Jewell County Courthouse in Mankato is the only one in the state built by the WPA (Works Progress Administration) boys.  Finished in 1936, it has many art deco features, including these designs on the front wall.

Just as the storm was coming, we rolled in to the mighty Burr Oak via backroads from Webber. 

One reason we came to Burr Oak was to see the Queen Anne just north of town.  The stormy sky just made it all the more picturesque.  Good job Susan and family.  What a beautiful restoration!

Lovewell Dam and Reservoir, a project of the United States Bureau of Reclamation, was completed in 1957.  It's used for recreational and irrigation purposes.  On the southeast side of the lake you'll find a scenic overlook and a plaque about the dam.  It's a great place for a photo and, as we heard, for a marriage proposal!

The Bostwick Division of the lake is part of an effort to serve 104,240 irrigable acres with canals, laterals, pumping plants, and drains. 

If you drive to the lake north from the ghost town of Lovewell you'll see irrigation ditches that flow from the reservoir.  This is one canal located just below the dam.

Get the outside-inside view.  Step out of your car.  Go inside.  Here you have the outside view of the Methodist Episcopal church windows and the inside view. Aren't they lovely along with the semi circular pews?

The city park in the middle of the downtown square gets more beautiful every visit.  A town wouldn't do this unless the people got along.  Good job, Jewell!