Fred Who?

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Black Jack.

Hungry Hollow.

Sounds like places for a scary movie.

Oak Grove.

Hickory Grove.

Dry Prong.

Ten Mile.

Eaton Cemetery.

Gulp—a scary, deadly movie.

House Mountain.

Bode Peak.

Spiller Mine.

Turkey Springs.

And a Wild West movie to boot.

Here comes John Wayne riding in the distance.

And yet…

And yet, these are names of roads.

Mason County roads.

Unpaved.

Dirt.

Gravel.

Washboard roads.

Narrow.

With bar ditches.

And dust.

They get ya where ya need to go.

Not for the fainthearted.

Especially when it rains.

Not for the feller with the fancy car.

Especially if it’s low to the ground.

Block House.

Spy Rock.

Water Valley Cemetery.

Hmmmm.

Grossville School.

Behrens School.

Hedwigs Hill.

Topaz.

Easy to imagine lots of scenarios.

Bear Springs.

Bluff Creek.

Chimney Hollow.

Peter’s Prairie.

You can tell a lot about a place by its roads.

Camp Holland.

Long Mountain.

Jack Rabbit.

Fred Dobbs.

Fred WHO?

Dobbs lived in Mason according to the 1920 census.

Wife, Eunice.

And three children: Milton, Sadie, and Jesse.

And Mr. Dobbs could read and write.

Maybe that’s what it takes to get a road named after you.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square with her canine assistant, Buster.

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