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2001, March Remembrances of a childhood in Cleveland
I grew up near Cleveland, North Dakota. It is where most of us went to school and church. I noticed that it is now officially listed as a ghost town on ghosttowns.com. That may be a bit of an exaggeration--its hardly a place you can wander through kicking covered wagon remains--but it does tell you how much things have changed. When I was a child there was a little post office building that had, set in masonry, the word "bank" at the top of it. I remember asking my grandfather why the post office had the word "bank" on it and he told me it was because it used to be a bank. When he first settled near Cleveland, there were several stores, two banks, multiple restaurants and bars and gas stations. It was the place to hang out on a Saturday night. There was a parade each July 4. Today there is very little of anything left in Cleveland: a couple of nearly-empty churches, a few houses, a grain elevator, a gas station off the freeway exit. The public school is now abandoned, I believe, the gymnasium used for farm storage.
Submitted by Loren
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