Cross-Country Connections is a Biodork weekly blog entry dedicated to telling stories in pictures of three family members – me, my sister and Mom – living in very different locations across the country. Every week we choose a different theme and then take or contribute a personal photo that fits the theme. This week’s theme is Iconic.
From Erin in Bellingham, Washington:
“The Man Who Used to Hunt Cougars For Bounty” by Richard Beyer is the gateway for many at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. It is quite literally the first thing I saw on campus and I laughed my way all the way to my first day at work, because my sense of humor got stuck at the 12 year old stage. It wasn’t until about 6 months later that I heard what everyone else on campus called it: “Man Humping Bear” and I knew that everyone thought just like me.
From Mom in Carbondale, Illinois:
This is perhaps the most Iconic building in Carbondale. It was built the year I was born – 1952. It is one of the last of the old style Dairy Queens – no grill and they close after Halloween and don’t reopen until sometime in April. The retaining wall in summer is what passes for “al fresco dinning” on the strip that runs north through town.
From Me in Minneapolis, MN:
Among the glass and steel structures in downtown Minneapolis sits Foshay Tower. From Wikipedia: Modeled after the Washington Monument, the building was completed in 1929, months before the stock market crash in October of that year. It has 32 floors and stands 447 feet (136 m) high, plus an antenna mast that extends the total height of the structure to 607 feet (185 m). The building, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, is an example of Art Deco architecture.