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Gravel Switch is in Marion County, Kentucky, south of Louisville. Named after a railroad track next to a gravel deposit. As you can see, downtown is ripe for developing. Nowadays, its only claim to fame is nearby Penn’s Store, oldest general store still owned by same family.

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My high school days. Our house, corner of Hazel and Brest (brought snickers from high school boys), Lincoln Park, Michigan—the houses on the left used to be a field with an ice skating—sigh.My room was in the A. Lincoln Park High School—the fence is a modern addition—I didn’t even have to lock my bike up.

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Penn’s Store is the oldest general store in the country still operated by the same family. It has been with the family since 1850—it had 2 earlier owners, so it may be as old as 1840. It is located in Marion County, a couple miles from Gravel Switch, Kentucky. This would be south of Louisville.

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3 Kings Day

Three Kings Day—El Dia des Reyes—the 3 Wisemen is celebrated January 6 in Latin America. Parades and cakes—Rosca de Reyes—are common.

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Old Christmas

Old Christmas/Little Christmas/Feast of Epiphany is January 6—due to changes in the calendar. It is celebrated in some parts of the world, and once was common in eastern Kentucky. Along with dinners and gifts, fireworks were expected. Old Christmas eve was the Animals Pray—animals were allowed to talk, just to pray.

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This can is not real! Wish it was. The label reads do-ma-tli u-ga-ma ᏙᎹᏟ ᎤᎦᎹ tomato soup—Kituwah/Eastern dialect. Maybe Campbells will sell it in North Carolina!

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Not so good ole days

Female ward, Central Asylum (Lakeland Lunatic Asylum) Anchorage, Kentucky, early 1900s. Dreary old days. Less than a mile from my house. This building is long gone.

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Best bonfire ever

Up Helly Aa (Scottish for Up Holy All) is a series of winter festivals on Shetland Islands, involving a torch parade where torches are hurled onto a replica Viking longship in celebration of the end of the Yule/Xmas/New Year’s holidays.

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Yuchi Tribe

The Savannah River Band of Uchee (Yuchi) live on the Isundiga River Reservation on the Savannah River in South Carolina. https://www.srbeucheetribe.org/

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Pocahontas’s folks

The village of Passaunkack is now the 400-acre Federal reservation of the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, near King William, Virginia. [Sharon Indian School—Indian View Baptist Church]

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