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Posted by Elba Steve
on 7/1/2018, 9:52 am
Took a trip to Caseville yesterday just to get my feet in the water. Was hot, but the breeze off the water kept it comfortable. Afterwards, I decided to check out Kinde, to see if there was anything rail related going on there. I was kind of dumbfounded to see that this town seems to be a virtual ghost town. There is next to nothing open there any more, including the gas station in the middle of town. No stores were open, or for that matter, looked like they have been for a long time. The only thing that was open was a small Italian restaurant, and there was only a couple of cars there. Now, as for the railroad, The ADM elevator looked as though it hasn't been operating for some time, though it may just be idled until bean harvesting. There was no one available walking anywhere to even ask. The rails at the elevator site were very rusty, and the usual array of weeds are sprouting up between the iron. One thing of special notice was the small funeral home. The building and grounds look well kept, but it's services were obviously not needed yesterday, as there were no cars there either. This is the first time I've been in Kinde for at least 15 years, at which time, this little town was actually a real town, with real people, and real stores. It's funny how it has eroded away into ghost mode over such short period of time. Back to the railroad, my guess is, beans are the mainstay of the farms directly surrounding Kinde. Is it possible that the big ADM elevator will spring alive again soon with activity? I'm committing myself to make a couple of trips back there in a couple of months to see it the rails become shiny once again. Hopefully, the ghostly illusion of this town will only be temporary.