To all: Sorry if you're disappointed about not seeing more of Betterfeld yet. I was getting kind of bored with it so I needed a change of scenery for a while
But I think you will enjoy the city I have been working on (or at least I hope you do!) And after this I will be back and working on Betterfeld!
The City of Mitchell
Welcome to Mitchell!
The older neighborhoods are on the northeast side of Highland Avenue. In the second picture, Highland Elementary serves all K-7 students in the Mitchell area.
Divide Park gets it's name from Highland Avenue being build directly thorough the middle when the town became more populated. The residents and city officials alike did not want to completely bulldoze the park so it was kept. Through the years more trees have been planted and benches and playgrounds have been added and it's as if the park was never split up.
The newer neighborhoods create the boundry between the city limits and the expansive farmland surrounding the city. Mitchell High School is a fairly new building, constructed in 1981, serves all 8-12 grade students.
The crowning jewel to any small farming town is the fairgrounds. And Mitchell's tops the cake. Builtin the midst of farm fields and open blue skies, it's really a great place to spend a nice summer afternoon. Although the fair only comes for a week each year, there are still plenty of events. From gun shows to rodeos, outdoor concerts, art exhibitions, farmer's markets, Easter egg hunts, Christmas festivals, New Year's Eve dances, whatever you can think of, Mitchell Community Fairgrounds has it all!
Being such a small town, the local Winn Dixie grocery store is the only one in town. But being small has it's advantages. Surrounded by farms of all kinds, Winn Dixie can charge low prices since it doesn't have to ship any of it's fresh food products in. Meat is bought from local cattle farmers and fruits and vegetables are always fresh (it's a Winn Dixie promise) and brought in from local farmers daily. Also, Mitchell has only 1 small bank and a credit union.
South Highland Avenue marks the beginning of Downtown Mitchell. Kept alive by the small busniesses that occupy the small area, it has thrived since establishment (1905). It's famous Pit Theater shows both major movies and a couple independent films once in a while. Ranch Records is right across the street from the Old Mitchell Hotel (the cast iron building) and the MItchell Fire Department still operates out of it's original fire station.
MacArthur Park is the centerpiece to downtown. Surrounded by quaint little cafes and shops, this area is a tourist destination during the summer. In 1972, after the mayoral election, Mayor Hartzell wanted to tear down the park and build a grand, new city hall in it's place. The residents, however, protested this once word got out that he wasn't going to hold a public meeting to get opinions. Mayor Hartzell was only mayor for a year. To which then he moved out of town and is believed to be living somewhere in Eastern Oregon.
The Mitchell Spokesman Newspaper Building was built in 1906 and is one of the city's oldest buildings. Today, the newspaper company shares the building with the town's only news channel, MCTV News 12. It covers news in Mitchell, along with neighboring towns Modesto and Redmond. And across the parking lot, you can see the city hall that was built instead. A modest little building, the residents love it because it blends in so well with the rest of the buildings and looks very nice across the street from the park.
Alright, that's all! I hope you enjoyed looking/reading this! I'll be back to Betterfeld in a couple days or so, so hang in there!
Thanks for the support!