Just the Facts

[In an earlier stage of my life I lived in Barrett, Minnesota.]

Dick and I lived across the street from Al and Gisela. Gisela made some serious cinnamon rolls.

One Friday night a small airplane buzzed us. This was quite unusual since the nearest airport was in Elbow Lake, a town 7 miles north of Barrett.

Gisela had made cinnamon rolls, and invited us over to enjoy her baking. Just as we left our place for their place, we saw the lights of a small plane disappeared behind the trees north of town.

A little later the siren for the volunteer fire department sounded; of course, we had to go see what had happened. The ambulance had already taken the pilot to the Elbow Lake hospital. The firemen were checking the plane and the surrounding area to insure that no fire broke out from the accident.

On Monday Dick and I were told to meet with an FAA official. We were laughing and joking as we walked down to where the official was. The silence and glare of the official convinced us that he only wanted the facts.

Into the Ditches

Downtown in Old Bisbee is the conjunction of two canyons, Tombstone Canyon and Brewery Gulch; during a thunderstorm there can be a large quantity of water flowing down these canyons. Tombstone Canyon Blvd. has a long, deep ditch* to handle the rainfall overflow. The ditch runs on either side of the street as it follows the canyon.

This past summer the pipes were repainted; red for No Parking, and white or silver for legal parking. They look nicer and should prevent people from parking in dangerous places i.e. ‘the red pipe areas’. As another safety feature the speed limits along Tombstone Canyon Blvd are either 15 mph or 25 mph. 

Today as I walked downtown, I saw there were many vehicles with flashing lights. As I got closer I saw that there were ladders in the ditch. Apparently, someone had barreled along Tombstone Canyon Blvd, overshot the curve, went through the pipe barrier, and crashed into the ditch.

The driver was rescued, and air-lifted to Tucson. After the car was lifted out of the ditch, the damage to the car was extensive. However, the car started and was able to be driven onto the tow truck.


The next issue is pipe safety – gas, water, and other pipes that are within the ditches.


* ditch/canal/subway