US 127 ends (or starts, depending on your point of view) just N of Higgins Lake in Michigan, where it merges with I-75, and terminates in Tennessee somewhere. We took 127 S from US-12, and were able to visit Hudson, MI, which seems to have transformed itself. I remember driving through there about 10 years ago, and the main street was filled with dilapidated old buildings with boarded up storefronts. This time, I saw that all of those places had been repainted, updated, and most had businesses of some sort in them. That is a good thing to see. With the prevalence of the internet, small towns can be attractive to artists and entrepreneurs, and those upstairs lofts can be used as apartments or art spaces, etc. Anyhow, one thing in Hudson that captured my attention was the stone arch railroad bridge that crosses Bean Creek E of downtown. That type of bridge is a rarity in Michigan, and it was used by the now long-defunct Lakeshore and Michigan Southern RR. The tracks are long gone, but the stone arch remains. Built in 1871, it is a reminder of the amazing workmanship that built the rail infrastructure in this country.
Quite satiated with lunch (I didn't even bother eating dinner that night), we drove S, and found the small town of Paulding. There is a decaying old movie theater there, but no name could be seen. Paulding had a nice mural on the side of an old building, which seems to be a common thing in Ohio. It's certainly one way to add some color. The main street wasn't too bad, but there was some grunge to be seen (and photographed) on the side streets.
|A Van Wert institution|
By the time we were done in Celina, it was time to head to Findlay, so we got onto the highway and drove up I-75 to join our fellow photographers at the Film Photography Podcast workshop. That will be the next post, so stay tuned. I have many more shots of the towns, and of the FPP goings-on in my Flickr account, so take a peek there.
|one of the many odd Celina buidings.|