This is the main street, called Nucleus Avenue, in our town. Unfortunately, with the lumber industry’s decline and the railroad jobs drying up, this once thriving downtown has dried up. The only businesses that remain are mostly bars, pharmacies, banks, grocery and second hand stores. With the big malls, centered around WalMart and Costco, we have to go to the other end of the valley, to Kalispell, to do our shopping. You can’t even buy CD’s here anymore.
In spite of the economic problems, this town does its best to keep the small town feeling of community going. Every July there is an outdoor street dance that brings everybody together. In spite of the lack of jobs, the beauty of the area and the friendly people make it worth staying. We get to live in a place that over a million tourists visit each summer.
I’m entering this in The Warmth of My Home Town challenge in the Bits and Pieces group.
Photo taken in November, 2010 with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera.