The rise and fall of towns by the post offices

I have begun reading An Hour Before Daylight by Jimmy Carter. I’m not far into the book, but something he said about the town where he grew up (It’s not Plains.) caught my attention. “Archery is no longer there, except on the old maps, but it’s where I grew up and lived from when I was four years old in 1928 until the very end of the Great Depression, when I left for college and the United States Navy in 1941.”

The same story carries through in the four towns that have played the biggest part in my life: McDavid, Bogia, Bluff Springs and Century. Bluff Springs, where I live now, is the oldest...

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