Newton County, Texas is located at the Louisiana border. It’s quite a small town; about 2,500 people live there. There’s a Family Dollar and a Dollar General. Believe me when I tell you that I can be entertained for hours in a “dollar store,” today’s version of the five and dime. I’ve got this strange attraction to places like that. I cried CRIED when Woolworth’s went out of business in the United States. Where else could I both shoplift AND see dead parakeets? And, where will I dine the next time I go to San Juan, Puerto Rico if the Woolworth’s counter is not available?
I was also quite distressed when K-Mart stopped serving food, as I was a fan of their patty melt.
Back to my Newton story: I drove out there for a weekend get-away. I probably wouldn’t have headed out there except for the existence of a small-scale working saw mill. Because——->ZOMG! When do you get a chance to see that? A friend of mine comes from that neck of the woods. Her family was kind enough to put up with me for a 24 hour period. They also fed me, which always makes me happy.
Proof that I was in Newton:
Here’s the mill:
Here’s a close-up of a blade which shows it is still in recent use:
The biggest pile of sawdust I have ever seen:
The sawdust is brought out on that bike chain thing. The family tells me that the pile can be sold for use in particle board manufacture. And, yes, I did play on the sawdust pile. Irresistible! I was wearing a Star Trek costume at the time, so I figured it was the appropriate action to take.