Of course, not all of America is picturesque scenery. In our capitalist economy, businesses are created, grow and thrive, and fail. Great factories are built, are filled with workers, manufacture products, and then are closed forever. Those relics of crumbling concrete and broken glass now stand abandoned in towns and cities across the land, reminders of the days when the America was booming and millions of blue-collar workers grabbed their lunch pails, walked to work, and produced the goods that made the American economy the envy of the world.
I’m not sure exactly where this abandoned factory is located — the photo was taken years ago, during a trip to look at potential colleges for Russell — but does it really matter? Similar scenes can be found in Anytown, U.S.A.