After Thanksgiving dinner, rather than take a nap as my body was strongly suggesting, Nancy and I decided to go for a walk. We strolled through the town of Lennox where her mother now lives taking in the sights and sounds of this nice, peaceful Lincoln County community. Like most small South Dakota towns this afternoon the downtown was mostly empty. There were a few cars parked in front of the local American Legion building where a dinner had taken place. Main Street corners were decorated with flags -- a tradition in this and many small towns across the Great Plains. Some of the messages of businesses were interesting, offering to "color my life" and other slogans. Lennox, like a lot of rural communities in these parts sprang up along railroad lines like the Chicago Northwestern, Milwaukee, or Great Northern. You'll find these towns about 10 miles apart give or take a few miles. Lennox was once a hub of two rail lines. One line running between Sioux Falls and Yankton has been abandoned. The other, whose tracks are shown in the last photo, belong to the South Dakota Railroad Line running southeast through Worthing, Canton, Fairview, Hudson, and ending at Hawarden, Iowa. The line heads northwest through Chancellor, Parker, Marion, Dolton, and, Bridgewater. All these towns are no more than 10 miles apart and have one or two grain elevators in them.
Lennox, South Dakota