Oct 272014
 

Approaching Eckford Town HallAfter yesterday’s bike ride I downloaded the photos to my computer and was surprised to see this one at the head of the list. Other than photos at township hall sites, I thought I had taken only one other, and this was not it. And of all the fall foliage seen along the way, why would I have stopped at this place?

Then I remembered. Toward the lower right one can see the roof of the Eckford Town Hall. (You can click on the photos to make them bigger.) These days, whenever I first spot a town hall from a distance, I try to remember to stop and take a photo, traffic and road conditions permitting. In this case I knew the Eckford Town Hall was coming up, because I have ridden and driven past it many times, though not usually from this direction. So I knew the roof belonged to the building I was looking for.
I started in Marshall and ended up in Summit Township, near Jackson. In 37.5 miles of riding I visited 5 new town hall locations for my photo collection. That’s a record. I’ve managed to visit 5 town halls on several other days, but usually it takes a 50 to 70 mile ride to accomplish that much. (I call the Eckford location one a new one, although it’s possible that among my older photos there are some of that building that were taken in passing. But this time I pulled into the parking lot and got photos from several different angles. I’ll get to them eventually.)
Township halls visited yesterday:
  • Eckford (Calhoun County)
  • Albion (Calhoun County)
  • Concord (Jackson County)
  • Hanover (Jackson County)
  • Summit (Jackson County)

There is a new page on which I’ve marked all the township halls I’ve visited so far:  Township Halls Visited So Far. When I get further along with this project, I hope I’ll occasionally get comments like, “Did you miss the town hall at ___?  And a mile up the road there is an old school that used to be used as a town hall.”

F Drive SouthAbove is the one photo from yesterday that was not taken at a town hall. It was taken on F Drive South, towards the east end of Calhoun County.

Steamboat River Township (#8)

Steamboat River Township (#8)

…This was the first time I mentioned this project to anyone outside my family, some of whom had questioned where such an idea had come from. So it it was encouraging that Tom Knight, pictured here, talked with me as though it was the most normal thing in the world to be doing. He said that yes, he was a township officer, the town clerk. And he noted that the Minnesota Association of Townships is trying to collect photos of town halls…

Akeley Township Hall (#7)

Akeley Township Hall (#7)

The second stop on July 12 was at the Akeley Township Hall in Akeley, Minnesota.  It’s just a block away from the Heartland Trail. The township halls visited on this ride are shown with square markers. Akeley is the red one.  Township boundaries are shown in orange. The City of Akeley web site has this [...]

Rock River country last week

Rock River country last week

Last week there were five days of riding in northwest Illinois and southwest Wisconsin last week.  This country lies between the Rock and Mississippi Rivers, and is sometimes called the Rock River country, at least by me. Much of it in the Driftless Area.  Total mileage for the week was just under 250. I visited [...]

Henrietta Township (#6)

Henrietta Township (#6)

Henrietta Town Hall was the first stop on July 12.   Contrary to my usual custom, This day’s ride was almost entirely on multi-use trails instead of regular roads.  After reaching Park Rapids I rode the Heartland Trail to Walker, and from there I took the Paul Bunyan trail north, almost to Bemidji.  Normally I don’t [...]