Friday, December 30, 2011

Today’s villain was once a holiday hero

Today’s villain was once a holiday hero |

For a 100 years, maybe 200, my Owen County family relied on growing tobacco for their economic health. Of course, they did not know how unhealthy smoking was for their bodies, but even understanding that as I do now, I am stunned that within a handful of years, six bent barns have come to stand empty.  Fertile fields lie fallow. And the mammoth tobacco auction warehouses that once dominated towns like Carrollton, Cynthiana, and Lexington have become, like dinosaurs, extinct overnight.

Just thought this was interesting.
You hear so little about tobacco farming or the people who grow tobacco anymore..............

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