Scott’s Assignment—Local Landmark

I found Scott’s photography assignment a much bigger challenge than I anticipated.  I live in an area in Upstate New York that is very rich in history…Seemingly every few feet, there are historical markers referencing battles, both Revolutionary War and French and Indian, marking historic homes and forts, and visitations by famous people including George Washington.  “So this should be easy!” I thought.  The sad fact of the matter is that despite our rich history, there is very little left standing of it in my immediate hometown.  As for our more recent history, I live in an old farming and milltown, and all but one of the mills have left.  According to a former Assemblyman, we suffer from underemployment, not unemployment—most families work several jobs to make ends meet.  Our town has gone from it’s 1800’s glory to a depressed area with a struggling town center.  Although great strides have been taken in recent years to preserve and beautify the town, the tattoo parlors, Family Dollar stores, and Rite Aids (of which there are three in a two mile radius) do a heck of a business. 

We are flanked by Lake George to the north, and Saratoga Springs to the south…also rife with history and many landmarks are still standing and preserved.   I had planned to go to Saratoga and take photos of The Casino.  After all, we lived in Saratoga for the first five years of our marriage, and when we left a little piece of my soul stayed there.  Also, our wedding reception was at the Casino, making it even closer to my heart.  But I resisted.  This is my home, this is where my family and friends are, this is where I grew up, and where I choose to raise my children.  If it’s good enough for my family to live in, it darned well better be good enough to photograph!!  So I’ve spent the week noting some of our more famous landmarks.  This is the first photo I took:

Now, don’t laugh!!!  (Okay, you can laugh if you really must…)  *tee*hee*  But this place truly is famous in these here parts!  It is a shack in every sense of the word, but the hot dogs here are still 3 for $1.99—and they are second only to Dirty John’s hot dogs in a neighboring town.  This is a must stop lunch spot if you drive through…but bring the Tums because you’ll need them!

Now, in all seriousness, this is the photo I’m choosing to post:

This is Soldier’s Monument that stands in the town center.  It has been here since about 1880, and was erected by a man named Dr. Kellogg in honor of all the men from our county who served in the Civil War.  It has held it’s place of honor as the town center and the park surrounding it looks much as it did in the late 1800’s.

(Just in case you are wondering, I found a couple of great photos of the Canfield Casino on Flickr…Here is a link to view the inside, and a link to view the outside.  I plan to do a Saratoga Springs photo tour at some point when the weather gets nicer, and will share it all here when I do.)

11 thoughts on “Scott’s Assignment—Local Landmark

  1. giiid January 26, 2009 / 11:33 am

    You might have had difficulties to find a landmark to photograph, but your writting are brillint and leaves one with lots of great scenes.
    The hot dog looks good!!

    Thank you for your comment at my blog.


  2. Scott Thomas Photography January 26, 2009 / 12:53 pm

    I love a good hot dog stand. For someone who had a problem with the assignment, you came through just fine.

    Thanks for participating in the Collective Shoot assignment. Ther’s still time for people to join in the fun. Use the link in KD’s article for more information.

  3. thedailyclick January 26, 2009 / 1:36 pm

    Tube steaks, yummy! (Heard that on an episode of “Dirty Jobs” and now I’ll never call them hot dogs again! LOL)

    You found some great landmarks to photograph. I’m so jealous of where you live, Texas is SO boring!!

  4. Chris Breebaart January 26, 2009 / 1:40 pm

    I love the dogshack! Wow, you can tell a whole story in a few words. I smiled and enjoyed reading your landmark story! lookingforward for more

  5. kanniduba January 26, 2009 / 2:52 pm

    I’m so happy to see some new visitors! What a great idea Scott…neat way to extend the online community we are a part of. 🙂

  6. karma January 26, 2009 / 3:02 pm

    Nice work, KD! I’m very sadly photographically uninspired this month. I just read Scott’s challenge today and don’t think I’ll have time to try to play. I think Shrew’s challenge is due very soon and I’m coming up dry for that too.

  7. Carsten January 26, 2009 / 5:46 pm

    I’ll return to NY. A hotdog factory and blue sky. We could use that here. Well there are enough Mc Donalds… But blue sky!
    So Dr. Kellogg did more than the Corn Flakes? 🙂
    I like your interesting entry to Scotts challenge.

  8. sorrentolens January 27, 2009 / 7:52 am

    Great one-of-a-kind hot dog stand are the best – usually the best food ever and memorable. Great job on the monument. Good luck. =Paul

  9. whatsupwiththejoneses January 27, 2009 / 4:00 pm

    Ha! LOVE that you included a good hot dog joint…yum! Your photo of the soldier’s monument is fantastic! Love the angle that you chose to use..

  10. morningjoy February 1, 2009 / 9:07 pm

    I like your landmarks. You did an excellent job of sharing them with us via your well-composed images. Bravo!

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