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Sunday, March 2, 2008

My Town Monday

Some pictures of my town, Abita Springs, Louisiana;
The town sign (badly in need of repainting, I'd say!)
Smokey the Bear stands on the main street into town, constantly advising us of the fire danger (which is never less than "moderate.")
Our recently installed traffic circle. Our town's sole traffic light used to be here, but with so many people moving into the general area after Hurricane Katrina (not to mention the poor road layout, to begin with,) the light caused major traffic jams. In the background is our sole bank & one of the many churches in town.
The Abita Brew Pub, operated by the local brewing company. As previously mentioned, I think they should stick to beer.
The local fruit stand (which has awesome produce at just as awesome prices.) Charles is picking me up some strawberries. The building in the background to the left is the local doctors' offices (I think we have 2 doctors.)
Rauch's (a convenience store/snack bar that's now under new management,) & Rosie's Tavern (which seems to do a good business, although I've never been inside.) Last year part of the movie "Yellow Handkerchief" was filmed in Rauch's.
Directly across the street from the library I work at is Mama D's Pizza. They make the best garlic bread with cheese I've ever had. Their chicken parmesan & meatball sandwiches also rock. Although it's "just a pizza joint," they have the best food in town, hands down. The building behind it is the local laundromat.
Constructed in 1888 over the springs that give our town it's name, this pavillion was recently moved about 100' closer to the town center (probably to make it more visible.) The whole area is currently being transformed into a park with it's own trailhead on the Tammany Trace (like those in many other, local towns along the 26 1/2 mile route.)
A picture taken along the Trace.
The Abita River.

There's more to Abita Springs than this, of course (including historical homes & Louisiana's most eccentric museum,) so stay tuned!
(Please click the "My Town Monday" label below or check out some of the links in my sidebar for more information on Abita Springs.)
("My Town Monday" was initiated by Travis Erwin. Pop over to his blog to see more entries from all over.)

38 comments:

ivan@creativewritting.ca said...

I aain't leavin' till I find me
a kid with an old Kay guitar who can teach me some Delta blues.

photonz said...

"My Town Monday" Cool idea! It would be neat if everyone had at least one entry like this.

Debbielou said...

Mmm Garlic bread - I'm hungry now !

Dave Coulter said...

Very nice. I was down in MS/LA about a year ago, visiting a buddy of mine who does wetlands restoration. The "post-Katrina" landscape was probably the most humbling scene I have ever laid eyes on.

Let me know how that roundabout works in your town! One of my clients is rebuilding some roads this summer and they're putting one in. I wonder how the locals will react. I only know of a couple in the entire area, and they're puzzling, lol...

Travis Erwin said...

Enjoyed the visual tour. Abita Springs seems like a nice place to live.

Brave Astronaut said...

Great pictures. Now be honest? Good pizza? There? In the south? It's surely not better than Raimo's or Mario's.

Charles Gramlich said...

Great photos. Our River is kinda small it seems.

Lana Gramlich said...

Ivan; We've got that, too (including at least one guitar maker here in town.)

Photonz; In my previous MTM post, I gave props to the initiator of this idea. I forgot to do that here. If you pop over to his blog, you'll find a list of contributors to MTM from all over.

Debbielou; It's awesome.

Dave; I've heard of at least one person who's so intimidated by it they just won't come to town anymore. I've also been behind too many people who don't understand how it works, but no accidents yet, anyway.

Travis; Thanks. It's very quaint.

BA; I never said anything about the pizza (although lot of locals seem to like it.) Nothing but nothing beats NY pizza!

Charles; I guess the river matches the town. ;)

Lana Gramlich said...

BA; Saying that Mama D's Pizza has the best food in town just goes to show how crappy the restaurants are around here, really. But they DO have great garlic bread & subs (or "heroes," if you still use the NY vernacular. *L*)

Monique said...

I'm coming across you so many times I thought it time to pay you a visit. I enjoyed looking at your home town and it amazes me every time I see an American town how spacious it is. Reminds me a little of my own home town.

Shauna Roberts said...

Having only been to Abita Springs a couple of times, I was surprised that I had seen nearly everything in your photographs. I guess that confirms how small it is.

You think your town's river is small? Ours, the Santa Ana River, only has water in it part of the year.

I didn't know Abita Springs has a museum. Looking forward to your post about it.

Demon Hunter said...

You have a very interesting little town there, Lana. I could probably write a story about it...a scary one... :*)

I'm trying to think of things for the Meme, but since I've already done one, I can't think of anything that won't give up too much information. :*) I'll let you know. ;*)

Ello said...

Lana,
LOve the visuals! Especially the last two! What a lovely small town.

Billy said...

I have always loved your town, Lana. I wish mine had remained rural. It got gunked up badly after Katrina. Even before that, paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

Miladysa said...

A lovely insight into your world!

I really enjoyed this post! :-D

Barrie said...

Great pictures. And so different from where I live.

Erik Donald France said...

Beautiful. The Abita River is a lil' one, but with a mighty heart ;)

lyzzydee said...

Great photos, my town used to have only roundabouts (Traffic circles) but as the traffic has got heavier we have more traffic lights!

Donnetta Lee said...

What lovely photos. You just have an eye for photography. Keep up the good work.
Donnetta

Lana Gramlich said...

Monique; Thanks for stopping by & taking the time to comment. Glad you enjoyed. :)

Shauna; Yep--blink & you'll miss it, practically. You can't possibly come to Abita & skip the museum! Stay tuned. ;)

DH; I'm sure your story would be great. There's definite horror-potential in these teensy towns, I think. No worries on the meme. I know how busy people can be!

Ello; Everything outside of downtown looks like the last 2 pix, actually. That's how small it is. We love it here.

Billy; I hear you on Slidell. I have to say we're heading in that direction, too (albeit more slowly.) I'm making sure I enjoy what we have while we have it.

Miladysa; Thank you!

Barry; I think that's the beauty of MTM--so many different places to see/learn about! I enjoyed yours, as well.

Erik; The Abita R. may have a mighty heart, but it's the Abita Creek (pretty close to home,) that sometimes overflows & blocks access to my neighborhood. *L*

Lyzzydee; Go figure! I think the difference is that we only had one traffic light. That sole red light no longer stops traffic, y'know?

Donetta; You're too kind, as always. :)

mon@rch said...

Great little town you have! I live in a small town also but my small town has a more up to date sign! LOL

Lana Gramlich said...

Mon@rch; Thanks. With people still in FEMA trailers around here, repainting the sign isn't high priority. I recently read that we are getting sidewalks on our 2 main streets, though! I guess everything's relative. *L*

Tom said...

Lana-

I really enjoyed looking at these pictures. I'd love to live in a little town on the coastal plain like that somewhere in the US someday. There is just a certain charm that you can't find anywhere else in the U.S. And poisonous snakes, I would image.

Tom

Lana Gramlich said...

Tom; Thank you & oh yes...no shortage of poisonous snakes! We always make sure to keep a keen eye out when hiking during the warm season.

Chris said...

Your town looks so beautiful and a wonderful place to live! If I'm ever in the area I will definitely see the sites!

Travis said...

I love those little gazebo pavillions in a small town.

Lana Gramlich said...

Chris; We've got a spare bedroom for you, if you do!

Travis; The roof of this one was heavily damaged by Katrina, but thankfully (as a historical "building,") they fixed it. There's another little gazebo near the traffic circle (but who wants to sit & watch traffic, really?) Still, very "cutesy."

The Anti-Wife said...

We have lots of small traffic circles in the Seattle area, but they're mostly to slow people down through the neighborhoods. Love the pictures. It reminds me of the town I grew up in.

Lana Gramlich said...

Anti-wife; Thanks for stopping by & taking time to comment. :)

Lisa said...

Your town is so nice, Lana and I love the pictures! It looks like such a great place to walk around. Someday when I travel south I would love to visit!

Lana Gramlich said...

Lisa; We've got a spare room. :)

Michelle's Spell said...

Love the pictures of your town! It's so cool to give us a sense of where you are, both physically and psychologically. You can tell through your descriptions that you really love it!

Lana Gramlich said...

Michelle; Thanks. It's easy to love, really. :)

WordVixen said...

I love towns like that- they're so full of character!

Marvin said...

Thanks for the cool town tour, Lana. I'm looking forward to more Abita Springs photos.

Lana Gramlich said...

Wordvixen; Agreed. It's got a really "quaint" feel to it. SOOO much better than suburbia!

Marvin; Glad you've enjoyed. Nice to see you online again--I take it the computer's all fixed up? :)

tiggysmum70 said...

Love the small town feel. My husband and I were stationed at Fort Polk for 2 years. We really didn't get out to enjoy the state. I wish we would have done so. Maybe I will visit there again! I would love to see all the small towns with that rich history.

Lana Gramlich said...

tiggysmum70; I love the small town feel, too. Let me know if you do ever get out this way. I'd love to meet for coffee (or some such. :)

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