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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Bee the Change

I've been gone from the world of blogging, but now that I'm just about done helping my old employer get his office closed up I'm hoping to have more time.  Not just for blogging, but for exploring those towns I pass through for work, too.  There has been a lot of change in my professional life, and while it's been a good thing I'm longing for those relaxed meanderings I'd gotten used to over the past few years.

I hadn't been to Kaukauna before and now I've been there twice but haven't had time for a proper look around either time.

Mellen State Bank 

Tuesday I'll be back in the far north for the day, just a ways down the road from tiny towns straight out of the past.  I've never seen an old bank as small as the one in Mellen (population 731) except in old Western movies.  Since the 1920's Mellen's population keeps shrinking and is now less than half of what it was a century ago. But murals have made their way to the tiny towns in the far north, like the one that wrapped around the automotive garage in Butternut.  Butternut's population was 375 at the last census, but they found a way to honor their history and I for one appreciated it.  Not much change in towns like these, and sometimes that's okay, right?


Appleton, on the other hand, continues to grow, as does most of Central Wisconsin.  For a larger city it's crime statistics are pretty low, even by Wisconsin standards.  Perhaps they are adhering to the philosophy on the mural in downtown that urges passersby to "be the change".  I thought they should spell it "bee the change" considering a large bee hovers nearby, but what do I know?


Posts for every day of the week this week, I'm hoping!  Linking up to Monday Mural.


  1. Great murals. Love the bee and the butterfly and the huge mural in Kaukauna.
    The tiny bank building is so cute.

  2. ...what a great collection, the Mellen State Bank looks so sad!

  3. I would like to see more photos of the last mural - all those butterflies!
    Have a great week!

  4. It makes me feel sad to see these towns dying. Great murals though.

  5. How neat that they have so many murals!

  6. Welcome back! I've missed my blogging buddy. Just got back from a trip to SD, and it brought back memories of our meet up last year.

    1. Good grief, you're right that has been almost a year already!!

  7. They are some amazing murals you come across, and talking of bees you might want to check out the ones in my Blog.