Oral Histories

Bill Meador


Bill Meador

Q: At that time Main Street actually turned and went east before it got that far south, didn’t it? You were not living on Main Street per se?

A: No, in fact, there was a large arroyo where Eddie McStiff’s is. That was a large washed-out arroyo. You went down into that arroyo and came out of that and then down into the Mill Creek. It was a wide creek that washed out two or three times every summer; huge floods, with very little growth in the bottom of the creek, mostly cobble rocks. During a lot of the year, you’d place some stones across the creek so you could get back and forth because the bridge would be washed out. It would take the county or city a while to get the bridge back in. They had it tied on a cable so when the flood came it would wash it up on the side. Then they would come and get it and put it back in place. A lot of time you just hopped, skipped and jumped across the creek. It was way out of town for a little kid. I’d go to the Ides Theater and get out of the movie and run as hard as I could to get home because it was about half scary in all those dark places through the creek and so on. The highway turned at the Wells Fargo Bank corner and came up Center Street and out past Milt’s and across Mill Creek up by the cemetery and out that way to get south out of town.

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