Shabbona

When people talk about “Smalltown, USA” I think they had Shabbona in mind.  This place does have its share of closed storefronts, like many small towns today.  But Shabbona seems to be doing all right for itself and its 950 residents.  I’ve seen towns with twice the population, but with half the number of businesses on the main street.

empty cafe

empty cafe

car repair

car repair

US Highway 30 and the BNSF cut through the center of town.  The train and truck traffic break up the quietness of the place during the middle of the day.

BNSF intermodal heading west

BNSF intermodal heading west

Shabbona_727Wisted’s Market has a timeless Americana appeal – and the added bonus of really great ice cream.

Wisteds's Market

Wisteds’s Market

And if you didn’t see it in my previous post – they now have sliced bread – the greatest thing since, well, itself.

Self-service carwash

Self-service carwash

Need a wash?

Quilting

Quilting

Shabbona_722The corner window was too funky not to get a photo of it.  Plus, I love the character of the house and its yard.

This sign was a real flashback to those days when people used two letters at the beginning of of phone number.  I still remember some commercials on TV when I was very young for Lincoln Carpet.  “Call HUdson 3-2700” was the tagline they sang at the end.

Call JUde 4-2577

Call JUde 4-2577

 

 

 

 

 

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