National Geographic : 1989 Feb
SMALL-TOWN AMERICA AN ENDANGERED SPECIES? By GRIFFIN SMITH, JR. A beloved memento of togetherness gets a careful dusting in the home of Florence Hook in Clinton, Missouri. Across the state in Rolla, a view of Pine and Main Streets chronicles a day in 1955, when a shopping trip to Carp's might end with a soda at Gaddy Drugs. Both businesses are gone now, victims of huge discount marts. Chain stores, interstate highways, the demise of the family farm-all play a part in the changing face of the nation's small towns. Author Griffin Smith, Jr., ruminates on the innocence of the past, the fragility of the present, and the uncertain future of these places. Photographs from the archives of the University of Missouri's Photo Workshop chronicle life in bygone years.