PEER DOWN THE ONE-BLOCK Main Street of Small Town, USA, and your eyes likely will land on a bar or two anchoring a business district comprised of primarily vacant and crumbling buildings.
That’s an over-generalization, of course, but sadly all too true for many once-thriving small towns.
While hardware stores and grocery stores, even hometown cafes and barber shops, have closed, the corner bar typically endures.
I’ve never been a frequent bar customer and honestly can’t remember the last time I stepped into a small town bar where heads swivel when a stranger enters. You know what I mean, right?
On a recent stop in Canton, a town of 328 nudging the Iowa border in southeastern Minnesota, I spotted the Canton Pub. I didn’t even try the pub door to see if I might slip inside for a cold one on an autumn afternoon.
I was too busy photographing the beer signs.
CHECK BACK FOR ANOTHER post from Canton. There’s more to see in this small town than the bars.
© Copyright 2012 Audrey Kletscher Helbling