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All That Remains, 12618 in Yellow Paint

Carrollton, in Bridgeton, Missouri

A touchstone in my life is gone, my childhood home once stood here. My dad planted the tree, it once stood in our front yard. A sapling when I was a boy, like all the other trees in Carrollton, it's much bigger now.

After being gone for 30 years, it was surprisingly difficult for me to see this. It's hard to imagine how the people felt who were forced to move away so their home could be destroyed.

It's harder still to accept that none of this was even necessary.

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Jeff Elliott 07-May-2019 20:47
My grandparents lived at 12706 Brumley Drive for years and I remember vacationing there every summer as a kid back in the '70s. Somehow that address is still etched in my mind even as I approach my mid-50s. I haven't had the opportunity to drive through but I pulled it up on Google Maps and was just shocked. Now my grandparents are gone, along with their home, the park at the end of the next road over, the entire neighborhood. What a sad day.
Doug 07-Dec-2016 21:04
Thanks for the story. I fly into STL occasionally and have wondered why there was a neighborhood of no houses and only streets.
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