PHOTO PROMPT – © Mary Shipman
Hordes of visitors flock to ghost towns that were once mining-camps or frontier-boom -towns. Quasi-theme parks with staged gunfights, trinket shops and cooked up history is the main menu.
Recently a bright marketing executive added ‘the old general store’ to these ghost towns. A distinct aroma comprising ripe cheese, pickles, kerosene, farm-produce, feed, cured meats, leather, and tobacco smoke was specially prepared to entice the tourist. Barlow knives, Stevens single-shot rifles, Jew’s harps, harmonicas, china-dolls, dresses, glass-beads, and ribbons etc are stored in dark corners. Old catalogues and barrels are strewn around.
The visitors enjoy picking out gifts and souvenirs.
Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.