Friday, August 15, 2014

Scenes from the Road 10 - Rabble-rouser's

We have driven past this piece of history for many years now. New Hampshire has quite a sordid political past with its 'first in the nation presidential primary' status and all the years of hard fought campaigns that have marched throughout the state.

This 10' tall wooden 'Trojan Horse' stands along the side of Route 4 in Epsom, New Hampshire. The original horse was built in 1975 to protest the United Nations. Back in the day, the horse was surrounded by white crosses marked with the names of different communist countries symbolizing the graveyard of captive nations.

It stood defiantly for some 10 years before it was burned to the ground by vandals who most likely disagreed with the political stance the horse represented. The original creator along with some fellow conservatives promptly built this second horse to replace the charred remains.

The builder felt the UN was a destructive body that would bring an end to the American way of life. Its  former days of glory are over and the once determined equine now stands as a worn reminder of days gone by. You can read more about this story here.

Another day and another drive found us passing this big guy peacefully grazing in a pasture.

A few years ago, the local paper had run a story about a great adventure that this mischievous Joe had taken. He had mysteriously disappeared from his usual hangout only to be found later parked in front of the local police station. Adding insult to injury, it is said that one of the boars bandit's was a policeman from that very station.

My guess is that it was intended to be a silly prank that went a bit too far. The shenanigans are long since over and the portly swine has been returned to his home. Small towns have long memories and I have a feeling this story will live on for many years to come.

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  1. LOL, I love both the horse and the pig. Their sizes are very impressive! How on earth did they move that thing? As for the horse and it's political stance - isn't it a great thing that we live in countries that allow us to express ourselves freely? Have a great day.

  2. I was scrolling through your site and love the photos. Very interesting story on the Trojan Horse!


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