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After visiting Aspen, we went back to the junction and traveled north, because today, we are visiting the town Meadowsville.
We are going along the steep edge of a carved mountain road, just don't look down.
After having out little vertigo experience, we finally make it out of the mountains, and reach the lower plain. We have to cross a bridge to the other side first, though. This river here, is no more on less than the River Ernst, since we are near it's origin.
We finally make it, welcome to Meadowsville!
Meadowsville was originally founded about 3 km north of where it seats now. It was a small resting town for the people going past the mountains to colonize the wild lands. But one fateful April 9 of 1889, a huge storm hit the region at night. In a matter of minutes the whole town was flooded, as the River Ernst raised over the plain cover it with more than 2 meters of water. The casualties were huge, half of the town was leveled down, and a third of the population died and/or disappeared.
This lessons made the people of Meadowsville plan to rebuild the town on a higher terrain, they chose the place where it now seats, at the foot of the mountains, and not in middle of the flood plain. As the town growed they had to level part of the land at about the same level as the rest to avoid flooding. Now half of Meadowsville rests over raised land, but since it's now very costly to develop by filling the area with earth, the town council now allows construction on the hillside.
Meadowsville downtown, the town hall seats on one half of the white building in the corner, the other one has a cafeteria.
The big building you see is a warehouse. That warehouse is where supplies for many of the towns in the mountains region are stored in case of emergency. Some local businesses store their own stuff in special rooms of their own that they rent.
The local school of Meadowsville has it's own power generator, this is because the isolation in the region causes trouble when it comes to electricity supply. Recently it was connected to the local water pump.
More commercial buildings. For its size, Meadowsville is quite the trading town.
On the east side of the town is located Coyote Creek. It's very small, but still it provides water to the Ernst River.
Going alond the road that leaves Meadowsville we have this bridge, that is found just before cutting through a hill. Unlike Coyote Creek, this one is completely dried up.
We finish off with Meadowsville Helipad. In times of emergency Meadowsville acts as a very good spot for supplying operations due to it's faciities,which, while basic are still very useful.
Hope you enjoyed the visit to this part of Alpena's mountains. Tomorrow we will take a helicopter ride to back to the Grand Valley. Next time we will visit Missouri City, and it's huge industrial complexes.
See you next time!