Thread: Peak Small Town
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Old 01-20-2019, 12:36 AM
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I lived for many years in a small town in Wyoming. Each town in that area was about 25 miles away from the next small town. It was over 100 miles to the nearest mall. Applebee's? We'd have been thrilled. Every so often, a rumor would circulate that we were getting an Olive Garden or Red Lobster, and everyone got excited, even though there was nowhere near the population base those franchises require.

But pretty regularly there'd be a letter to the editor of the local newspaper from someone passing through (almost always in summer--winters were rough, about like in Rudyard, MT) expressing gratitude for locals who helped them when their car broke down, or a wallet was lost, or someone got sick. There's often a culture of helpfulness in small towns because isolation means people have to rely on each other.