This is a peek at our summer back yard. I hope you will enjoy the armchair tour. Many of my blogging friends, whom I may never meet, have inspired me to continue with my limited chicken scratching's more commonly known as “Just BS!”
I have enjoyed countless hours reading their blogs, many of which were written about local interests in their own back yards. Although I had not given any thought to other people possibly taking an interest in our surroundings, I must admit for a small town of just under 5000 folks, there is a lot of beauty and history.
Allegan dates back to the early 1800’s and was developed along the banks of the Kalamazoo River. It served as a source of water power, steamboat routes and timber production. A dam and sawmill remain standing that dated back to the late 1830’s. As the town progressed, a one lane bridge was erected over the river for easier access to the downtown area in 1886. It is now known as the Second Street Bridge, but more commonly called the Old Iron Bridge by the locals.
We enjoy a very pretty waterfront boardwalk along the river with continuous fountains which are active year round.
Often times, Bob and I will go down to the waterfront to share an ice cream and be carried away by the peaceful sounds of the water splashing from the fountains. We not only have a waterfront boardwalk but also a great little gazebo where we can enjoy free concerts during the summer months.
When Bob and I got married 6 years ago, one of the things that I loved about this town was the impressive architecture of homes in the Historic District. We even have a local Bed and Breakfast which is my type of eye candy.
There are many sites to see around old Allegan, and I have only touched on a couple. We boast a historic old theatre that still has the original atmosphere and interior with up to date movies. Although it has been a while since we have gone to one of the movies, it still remains a bargain at 2 for the price of one, Monday night movies. I think the last time we went a few years ago it was a whopping $4.00 with free popcorn.
So I guess after all is said and done, we too, have something special right in our own backyard.