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What stands out about Fairmont?

July 28, 2010 - Lee Smith

I recently was on vacation and away from the Fairmont area. Driving home from Wisconsin, I was trying to think what distinguishing characteristics Fairmont has, as compared to the other towns I was passing through.

First and foremost, Fairmont is an I-90 town, now more than ever. That's to its advantage. Major highways make towns these days like the railroads did 100+ years ago. Fairmont should do all it can to utilize I-90. The stream of travelers going through here are a constant business opportunity.

Fairmont has lakes and other recreational amenities, but these are hidden from most travelers, I suppose. Entering Fairmont from the interstate, the town has a definite blue-collar, industrial feel. This can come across as a "poorer" look. I should note, though, that recent additions like Dulcimer clinic and the new liquor store make a difference in one's perception.

Agriculture definitely stands out in this area. The fields here are vast, and this stands out compared to hillier locals in western Wisconsin, where there is less tillable land.

I suppose others would notice different things. Of course, first impressions (or re-thinking one's impressions) aren't all that matter. Living somewhere means getting to know people, who are the real cement of any community. That's a whole other story.


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