Guest commentator, Helen Walsh Folsom, Kansas City Bible Examiner
The large signs on the highway say over and over, “BLACKWATER,” so visitors are obliged to follow the wide, winding roadway back across the green fields to find out why.
Eventually they pass an elf house, created out of an honest-to-goodness tree stump with bright little yellow framed windows and door and a mushroom roof, red with white polka dots.
Keep going and there will be a tall, farm-type windmill standing in the entrance to Main Street, bright flower boxes on three levels up and the old pump handle painted bright red nestled in more flowers at the bottom.
Main Street is only one tiny block long with very small original store-fronts on both sides of the road with some colorful antique shops. Some of the shops are spruced up with bright new paint, the others obviously weather-worn but carefully varnished to maintain the charm of the Old West. Flowers and curious bronze or stone figures fill-in spots here and there.
At the foot of Main Street is a lately painted, original Train Depot sitting properly beside real train tracks. Obligingly, a rattling, singing freight train goes swaying by.
The spread of the village of homes for the population of approximately 199 residents are neat, well kept, prosperous and happy. One resident, a gentleman with a neatly trimmed short white beard, cheerfully directs visitors to the “Water Gardens,” a gathering of raised flower beds and tiny ponds tucked into the shadows of someone’s back yard.
How can such a miniature village be so obviously prosperous and charming and content without flashing neon and blazing red and yellow signs and busy traffic on the simple, clean and quiet streets?
Perhaps the secret has to do with the Bank. The old bank still stands on one side of Main Street but directly across is the new bank, a simple and modern structure only one story high, in fresh red brick with shining bronze letters proclaiming “Citizen’s Community Bank.”
So as visitors leave the quiet little village of Black Water, they wonder how and why they can afford to buy large signs along the Interstate highway.
One the last curve of clean, wide road a fat little turtle waits impatiently to get across and, after you pass, he hurries to hide in the neatly trimmed grass on the other side. Perhaps he knows the Secret of Black Water.
The South Fork Regulators will be back with another exciting old west re-enactment. The first one in May was GREAT FUN. Don’t miss this one. More gun-slinging, train robberies, shootouts, and old west law and order. All centered in and on the Bucksnort Saloon.
July– 29th and 30th
The West End Theatre presents a play. Details will follow soon. This year, plays will be presented on single weekends. A Friday evening performance and a Saturday matinee as well Saturday evening.
Volunteer Fireman’s Whole Hog and Beef Bar-B-Que. Serving at the Fire Station from 4:00 pm. This is a fundraiser for the Fire Dept.
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