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Independence lost

The fading Independent Owner Operator sign on an abandoned gas station near Mexico, Missouri


Can't help but think of that Alan Jackson song again:


He pumped your gas and he cleaned your glass

And one cold rainy night he fixed your flat.

The new stores came where you do it yourself,

You buy a lotto ticket and food off the shelf -

Forget the little man

Forget about that little man.


Now the court square's just a set of streets

That the people go round but they seldom think

'Bout the little man who built this town

Before the big money shut 'em down

And killed the little man

Oh, the little man.

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Taken on July 22, 2012