Wednesday, April 30, 2008

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Numbers in Barton

I live in Barton, Vermont. The village is located where US Route 5 and Vermont Rt 16 intersect. I live on Rt 16 about two miles out of the village. Rt. 16 runs from Hardwick to Westmore, a distance of approximately 30 miles. I am on the last leg of the road near Westmore. Rt 5 runs north and south from Maine to Florida. Rt 16 runs north, south, east and west. These road signs are at the end of my road in Barton Village.

Just east of these signs, on the way to my house, is the sign in the photo on the left saying you are going east on Rt 16 (which you are, actually). You can see Crystal Lake and a part of Hardscrabble Mountain behind the sign. Nearly a mile east beyond this sign is the village limit. Rt. 16 from Barton Village to the village limit is called Eastern Avenue. But at the village limit, as you enter Barton Town, the name of the road changes to Willoughby Lake Road (Rt 16 ends at Willoughby Lake, 6 miles east.) Whew! Got all that?

Approximately ten years ago, Vermont began to implement the enhanced 9-1-1 emergency telephone system. At that time, the address for my house would have been RR 1 (for Rural Route), the same as just about everybody else in town. But the new law decreed that every road have a name. Town meetings were held and all the roads were named. The numbering system for the houses is the mileage on the road from the beginning of the road. Therefore, I live 1.203 miles from the beginning of Willoughby Lake Road. The system sort of works. Behind my mail box you can see my beaver bog. You can read a very lengthy but fascinating paper on the history of Vermont town roads here. And here is a great link for the Vermont Enhanced 911 Board.

One summer, my stepmother lived with me after she suffered a heart attack. One morning before dawn she needed an ambulance to the Newport hospital. But the 911 emergency dispatch operator (in Hardwick, 20 miles south), despite having my address, needed to know where we were ("Two miles east past the railroad tracks in the village," I cried. "Ahhh," she replied, "good, now I know where you are.")

Two summers ago, a Vermont state trooper kept driving slowly by my house and finally drove up the drive and stopped. He asked what road he was on. An emergency call had been made from a house on Willoughby Lake Road. But the phone number of the caller was a Brownington exchange (one town to the northeast) and he couldn't find it. A Brownington phone number could be just about anywhere near me up to the Canadian border. The trooper and I discussed where this other Willoughby Lake Road could be (we identified two other roads with the same name within a 10 mile radius of my house) and he took off to try to help this poor person. I hope he made it there in time.

Coming to visit? Just remember this: I am two miles east of the village past the railroad tracks. Or if you are coming from the east, I am one mile west of the Rainbow Farm. Everybody knows where that is.
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18 comments:

  1. My head is aswirl with numbers--and you have plenty. I'll go by your direction 'two miles east etc...... MB

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  2. une belle collection de numéros.

    a beautiful collection of numbers.

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  3. So many numbers, and now I'm confused and don't know which way to go-:)

    Great choices for today!

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  4. We also went through all the changes for the new 9-1-1 procedure. What a hassle at first! Great choice of numbers for the theme day!

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  5. what a fascinating exposition - think I may have got lost a little along the way but hey we'll be banging on your door before long now we know where you are.

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  6. What a grat post, I wondered how others name or number the roads and their houses.
    Very interesting.. I bet I'd still get lost.. ;O)

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  7. Great choice, and a lot of info

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  8. I think I can find you...BEWARE! LOL

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  9. I am so sorry for your loss...

    This is a great post!

    Big (((hug))) from Marie.

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  10. very interesting, especially the first picture :)

    Happy theme day!

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  11. Very informative post! Happy Theme Day!

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  12. Some great images and a fascinating post. How scary that perhaps an ambulance won't arrive - I remember something similar to this in Australia one time.

    Loved your post. I hope he made it there in time too.

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  13. It all sounds ery confusing. Those who decide these things obviously have far too much time on their hands!!

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  14. Talk about GREAT directions! You're GOOD!

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  15. I love to come on these signs at night trying to figure out which way do I really want to go!!!Cool.

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  16. hoho - I had to laugh at your comment on my Skywatch post

    "Not many people live out that way?"
    actually an awful lot of people do live there (20,000 approx within a mile or so) which is why it is tragic that the station was been allowed to fall into disuse like that.

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