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    Ride Scenery - Noteworthy buildings

    One of the things that makes me happy when riding is the countryside and small towns. I finally stopped and took a picture of this library I ride past. Any guesses on what the building used to be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by szewczykm View Post
    One of the things that makes me happy when riding is the countryside and small towns. I finally stopped and took a picture of this library I ride past. Any guesses on what the building used to be?

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    A church. Not much call for those buildings anymore. Most Americans don't go to church these days and congregations are shrinking and becoming silver-haired.
    Lutheran or Episcopalian?
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    OK, my turn. Guess what this was, and its historical significance:


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    Quote Originally Posted by szewczykm View Post
    One of the things that makes me happy when riding is the countryside and small towns. I finally stopped and took a picture of this library I ride past. Any guesses on what the building used to be?

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    Desanctified church? Here's another one, used as a coffeehouse in Brunswick, MD:


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    Quote Originally Posted by chaapa View Post
    congregations are shrinking and becoming silver-haired.
    Not around these parts. It's true that many traditional denominations' congregations are aging and shrinking, but the non-denominational evangelical super-churches are booming here.

    Sorry. Didn't mean to go OT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    OK, my turn. Guess what this was, and its historical significance:

    Was it a boarding school? French Creek Boarding School is the closest thing I came up with after a google search. At first I thought it would be something with military significance (like Tunn Tavern, birthplace of the Marine Corps).
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    I can't figure out where churches are heading either. One day I think they are dying out, then I drive by a local high school and see a new one holding services in the gym.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwcaesar View Post
    Was it a boarding school? French Creek Boarding School is the closest thing I came up with after a google search. At first I thought it would be something with military significance (like Tunn Tavern, birthplace of the Marine Corps).
    Yes, but it was also an Underground Railroad station. And, according to one author, Emmor Kimber invented the term "underground railroad."

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    And here I was gonna guess that it was the birthplace of Kimber America Firearms.
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    Back on topic, noteworthy buildings along the commute.


    These old Navy Airship Hangars were built in the 1920's. They are slated for demolition, but it is being fought by preservationists. They may save the one on the right with the help of Goodyear. They are still the largest wooden buildings in the U.S.

    I got the image from Google earth, but I pass it daily on my commute
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    Is that El Toro LTA?

    Sometimes I miss Orange County. Then I remember what a cesspool the State of California's economy is, and I'm glad I don't live there anymore.

    I found out that my old Air National Guard Station in Costa Mesa closed a few years ago. Kind of sad; I had some good memories from that place.
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    Here is a mystery building, from the UP of Michigan:



    Closeup:


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    Seen on a ride by at least one Bike Forums poster:


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    Many Bike Forums posters have been by this structure, or at least in the town that contains it. What is it and where is it located?


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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardGlover View Post
    Is that El Toro LTA?

    Sometimes I miss Orange County. Then I remember what a cesspool the State of California's economy is, and I'm glad I don't live there anymore.

    I found out that my old Air National Guard Station in Costa Mesa closed a few years ago. Kind of sad; I had some good memories from that place.
    It's the former Tustin MCAS. El Toro is about five Miles South. I sometimes ride around it on my afternoon commute to add ten miles to my commute. . . from work. . . in California.
    As much as you paid for that Beemer [Mercedies, Audi, Escalade], I'm surprised it didn't come equipped with turn signals.

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    The Elitch Theater in Denver



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    Not a 'building' but a magnificent structure nevertheless. New River Gorge Bridge, West Virginia



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    Quote Originally Posted by szewczykm View Post
    One of the things that makes me happy when riding is the countryside and small towns. I finally stopped and took a picture of this library I ride past. Any guesses on what the building used to be?

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    Thats easy but I have inside info

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardGlover View Post
    And here I was gonna guess that it was the birthplace of Kimber America Firearms.
    Miles away. Kimber started in Clackamas, OR which is just east of Portland.

    Second pic from Seattle: Is that Gasworks?


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