THERE MUST HAVE BEEN MONEY IN THESE SMALL TOWNS AT ONE TIME———!
As I drive around this rural Upstate New York area, I notice some incongruent sights that caused me to wonder, “How Come?” in the small towns, which used to be farm towns. They are still small and the dairy business and the vegetable business still makes the economy what it is in this area. The small business contractor is usually easy to find in a small town because there are many of them. The old buildings are in need of repair after being there for a couple of hundred years.
These old buildings are what draw my attention. They are huge and very ornate with gingerbread decoration and fancy bracing. Most of them have large bay windows and some have towers as well as the widow walk room at the very top. That addition to the building was there so the owner could easily keep an eye on his farm employees or the sea captain’s wife could see his ship as it left or returned from a long journey in the case of small coastal towns. What great fortunes were made that enabled the ancestors to build these homes?
The same thing can be asked about churches. The further back in time you go, the larger and more ornate the churches and temples become.
I guess money shows where the power is. Nowadays, the only people building churches, the small pole barn type building for a hundred faithful, are the small groups of Evangelicals in the small towns. Lately, they have shown power in the Tea Party faction in the Republican party. That group is funded by wealthy Conservatives from the South.
It seems that at this point in our history the richest group gets richer, the middle class shrinks and the lower class grows. How did/does happen?