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Conveniently located on Hwy 210 in Carlton, MN, just 3 miles off I-35,
right on the Willard Munger Trail near Jay Cooke State Park.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Hobo Junction, USA

Though autumn be waning, there are still enough days left to get a good bicycle ride in. A good kickoff point is right here in Carlton. There is not only some good biking, but also great history.

We had been told about hobo camps nearby because of the railroad lines that run through this way. If you look at the tallest tree in that cluster of pines across the tracks, just to the left of our Hobo sign in this photo taken yesterday, you will see the location of one of the three camps in this vicinity. Charlotte Zacker, who owned Charlotte's Cafe here, and had a reputation as having the best legs in town, used to bring food to these men in her bouffant hair and gossamer gowns.

The days of hobo camps may be gone, but the days of making new memories for our children's children's children live on. Next time you're in the neighborhood, don't be a stranger. Stop by and say hello. We've got some beautiful nature photography and art here as well as next door at our framing gallery Art Dimensions. And bikes of all kinds for some of the best rides of your life.

In the meantime, enjoy the day.

Monday, October 11, 2010

There's Art Here, Too

With the rich beauty of the external world all around us here in Carlton, you might think we've got more than our share to delight in. But you know, there's another kind of beauty here as well, and that is the creative outpourings of artists who look at the world, stir it a little and re-enact a form of creation, with paintings, drawings, photography...

That's another dimension of Hobo Junction. We call it Art Dimensions, and it spills over into Carlton Bike Rental as well. Anyone who's walked through these doors was mightily surprised to see so many first class pieces on our walls, from Ed Newman's Portrait of Dylan to Randy Samarzia's incredible nature photography to Doris Sampson's art, and more.

We're constantly re-arranging in order to give you something we know you'll want. There is something magical about fine tuning aesthetic perceptions. For reasons that can't be explained, aesthetic stimulation -- like a beautiful sunset or a work of art -- brings pleasure beyond the retina of our eyes. It's deeper than that. And that's something we want to offer you today. And if you haven't been buy in a while, stop in and say hi... and see what's new.

In the meantime, have a great one.