Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Remembering Tin Bus Shelters
Hubby and I had gone for a ride on Sunday looking for fall color. It seems the leaves here are a little late in changing this year and we didn't find much. We did happen to run across this rusty old school bus shelter at the intersection of two rural roads.
Back in the day these little buildings were your shelter in the storm be it rain or freezing snow and cold winds. It was a place to keep dry while you waited for the bus. Most had a little bench seat where you could sit down. You can see just the hint of one in the photo.
Growing up we lived along the main highway. The bus stop before my house was at the top of the hill where two rural roads converged on either side of the highway. The kids who lived up those roads had to come out to the main highway to catch the bus so they had a small bus shelter for years. My brothers and I were able to stand on our front porch out of the weather and wait for the bus. If it was very cold we could take turns stepping back into the house to get warm. We were fortunate.We could hear the bus stop at the top of the hill and then we had enough time to walk down our driveway and meet the bus.
Often this time of the year near Halloween mischievous teenagers would topple the bus shelters over. Looking back it wasn't right by any means but compared to some of today's pranks committed by teenagers it seems almost harmless.
These days I rarely see one of the old shelters. The buses stop almost at everyone's front door or parents transport their kids to and from school. They aren't practical in most places anymore and are a relic of an era gone by. Seeing this one this past weekend brought back some old childhood memories and a yearning for the good old days.
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