The photos in this post are a few we snapped while riding through downtown Richmond, which I wish we'd had more time to explore. Our stay was short, and we were always in a bit of a hurry -- either to get to the Cardinal Greenway or back to our hotel (and Paisley!), but it was clear that there were some interesting shops, restaurants, and buildings in town. There are some fine murals as well, so we made sure to capture those.
I learned more about Richmond from Wikipedia. The city has a rich history in jazz music and architecture. Here's just a snippet of the information there:
[Richmond, IN] is sometimes called the "cradle of recorded jazz" because some early jazz records were made here at the studio of Gennett Records, a division of the Starr Piano Company.
This site includes more information about the Railroad Depot Historic District in downtown Richmond.
Here's one of the murals downtown referring to the city's jazz roots.
Gotta take a closer look...
I also learned from Wikipedia that a natural gas explosion and fire in April 1968 destroyed much of Richmond's downtown area, killing 41 people. I am guessing this somewhat startling mural is referring to that event.
Fortunately, Richmond has rebuilt and downtown is once again vibrant. I love that the mural below even depicts a cyclist!
I wish people didn't feel the need to deface public art with graffiti.
Finally, I couldn't resist a quick shot of this business sign -- Burns is my maiden name.
Stay tuned as we continue our westward journey across the US!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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