The wife and I rode out to Empire Prairie, MO this morning and ate a strawberry pop-tart. There wasn't much left of the town. There was a store still erect, the cemetary, and a statuette dedicated to the Presbyterian Church of Empire Prairie. This stuff is right off the highway and we were pummelled with grass as the highway dept when by, yippee. Sorry guys, the wife wouldn't let me take her picture.
After the ride out the wife agreed that I need to buy an aftermarket seat cause her butt hurt. The town was nicknamed couchtown because there was a furniture factory where most of the residents found employment. The town was mostly abandoned when I-29 was built and the businesses relocated to the new highway corridor. Didn't go in the store, but we did find a conservation dept. riverfront park about 10 miles away that pretty cool.
History of the town, or of him foolin' around with the wife?
Nice write-up yb. I gotta find one around my area. This is not as easy as you think. Many of the old mill towns around here are being refurbished as cottage communities. People want to get back to their roots and such.