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It's sure interesting how smaller-size towns can thrive and die.

September 07, 2020 08:19AM avatar
If you look at the US Census, in 1930, close to the time you Mom was born here in Vale, the population was 922.


Census:

1890 ... 131

1900 ... 127

1910 ...... 992

1920 ...... 935

1930 ...... 922

1940 ... 1,083

1950 ... 1,518

1960 ... 1,491

1970 ... 1,448

1980 ... 1,558

1990 ... 1,491

2000 ... 1,976

2010 ... 1,874

Est. 2019 .. 1,818


Twenty years later, a year after you and I were born it was 1,518 people. I remember Vale when my older brother was a city cop here in 1974-'75 when the population had slumped to ± 1,500 people. Even then it had more 'local' activity than it has now. I moved here in 2015 and we have one grocery store in a newer building with a big parking lot on the east side of town near the river. Back in '74/'75 more of the old buildings that remain on the main street through town still had some sort of business going on, and three of them were a grocery .... just a lot smaller than the modern business. More of the Mom & Pop type stores.

I that video you could just tell there was a lot more local business, and a lot more human activity in and around town by young and old alike. It sure isn't like that today, and it looks like Vale's population might be down about 150 people from its peak in the year 2000. The city park didn't look quite the same in '74/'75 when I first hunted it, but it sure had more trees than it does today

I don't think Vale will ever vanish due to the highway junction point being here and there are enough people in town and all the outlying farms and ranches, but I don't see it being much more than it is today with so many of those old building that are still standing being void of any business or building use. Just wish some of the old place, like a RR depot and such were still around.

Monte

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Earlier this week I was asked about any Parks in the small town where I live.

Monte 77 September 04, 2020 08:45AM

9:22 AM and only 50° →→→ Headed back to the park.

Monte 43 September 13, 2020 08:26AM

Yesterday's Park Hunt was 'breathtaking.'

Monte 44 September 14, 2020 11:44AM

Re: 9:22 AM and only 50° →→→ Headed back to the park.

Timbertodd 35 September 13, 2020 10:08AM

Re: Earlier this week I was asked about any Parks in the small town where I live.

Remfire 58 September 04, 2020 09:38AM

It's sure interesting how smaller-size towns can thrive and die.

Monte 46 September 07, 2020 08:19AM



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