Monday, October 6, 2008

Flint Postcards: Sunset over Flint

I cannot imagine a more misrepresentative postcard of Flint. Where the hell was this shot taken?


  1. The water treatment facility at Linden and Flushing roads?

  2. Ah, sunset over the sewage plant. How romantic.

  3. An ode to Flint River
    by Randall Gearhart

    Of all the things forgotten of Flint,
    One shall never be,
    The bouquet of the river that flows through it,
    It shall always remain with me.

  4. Gee, thanks Randy, I'd forgotten that smell.

  5. Gosh! I am reminded of "Johnny Golfball" who strolled in the Flint River near Mott Park golf course, harvesting balls in the hope of reselling them out of his garage. I always thought that was a hard way to make a living.

  6. Some scents of this life are not soon forgotten,
    Such as roses and sweet morning dew;
    But the fragrant aroma of the foaming Flint River,
    May it always be present with you.

    You're welcome, Nancy Sue Gearhart Godinez! :^)

  7. Could be upstream, like pre Mott Dam... or it could be a generic stock photo of some river in Pennsylvania sold to gift shops all across the U$A.

  8. Back to your question, Gordie...

    I've got a feeling that maybe this serene sunset scene was a stock photo used to tout the glories of many a home town.

    This wasn't printed in China, was it?

  9. Western Road north of Richfield from the dam looking east.


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