Six things I learned about Dunkirk, N.Y.

From my visit this past July, I learned:

One: That this looks like the factory where despair is manufactured;

dunkirk_2014 (4)

Two: That the shrubbery at the James Turk Murphy Volunteer Fireman’s Training Ground looks fine from the front,

dunkirk_2014 (5)

but from the side, makes my inner 14-year-old giggle;

dunkirk_2014 (11)

Three: That we didn’t find A Wright Park; we found THE Wright Park;

dunkirk_2014 (1)

Four: That this half-Lab, half-Border Collie is adorable;

dunkirk_2014 (9)

Five: That the Coburn Block building in downtown Dunkirk

dunkirk_building (1)

has a unique color scheme

dunkirk_building (3)

and is made of parts marked “Dunkirk Iron Works. Dunkirk N.Y. 1868”

dunkirk_building (2)

and has seen better days;

dunkirk_building (4)

Six: That the Lake Erie beach at Dunkirk is near this defunct power plant

dunkirk_2014 (12)

and is maybe just a mile from a beach marked with this sign

dunkirk_2014 (10)

and is labeled

dunkirk_2014 (2)

and smelled like rotting fish when it didn’t smell like chemicals, but had dozens of people wading and swimming on the day I visited, including these people below,

dunkirk_2014 (3)and my friend who lives near Dunkirk, but who does not frolic on the beach, commented, “Those are some people making the most of their lives. God damn them. I mean, God bless ’em.”

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.