If you are reading this then I assume you have an interest in Caddo, history, or genealogy. I'd like to ask you to help me, and help Caddo by passing on this blog to someone new. In fact, I am bold enough to assume that you have at least five people on your email contact list who have never seen this site, and you can pass it on to all of them.
I feel that Caddo is at a crossroads and that this summer will be an important one: we will be completing our sidewalk project, preparing for the alumni banquet, hosting the 50th reunion of the class of 1958, finishing the veteran's memorial, landscaping Boland park, and praying for a good tourist season. There are signs that our downtown is in trouble. There are signs that the changing economy is hurting us. I don't want to be sitting here ten years from now saying if only...
So if you grew up here, come back to Caddo this summer and walk where your ancestors walked. Talk to the people who knew you when you were just a toddler. Visit the school that helped you succeed in life. Go to the church that shaped your values. Look around and see how you might help Caddo continue to prosper.
If you didn't grow up here, come and visit a town that has been in existence since before Oklahoma was a state! Stand on the hill just off the highway exit and gaze at the surrounding prairie where buffalo roamed and wildflowers still bloom. Shop in our old fashioned variety store. Watch a movie in our charming little theater. Visit the museum and see how our town has evolved. Go to the cemetery and marvel at the names and dates. Ask the locals to tell you our stories. Caddo has an exciting past and we are more than willing to share it.
We also want to have an exciting future. We are looking for people to live in our town. This is a great place to raise children, and an even better place to retire. The whole country is bemoaning the housing crisis and we still have affordable housing and good land. We have some beautiful office spaces available. We have several good commercial buildings for sale. There is a great business location on our busy highway that is just waiting for the right person to recognize an opportunity!
Yes, this is a small town. Not everyone agrees on the advantages of living in a small town, but let me point out that I lived in a major city for twenty years. Now I love having the city "out there" when I need it, but not in my backyard! There are a lot of us baby boomers who just don't want all the hassles of city living anymore. If you are one of them, perhaps it's time to look at Caddo's great location.
Yes, we have problems. This isn't Mayberry. If more than two people live in an area there are problems. But if you want to live in a small town you learn to work together. You also quickly realize that you can really make a difference! You can be a leader. You can change things. You can use your skills and ideas. You can live your dreams.
I love this town, this area, these people, and I don't mind doing a little begging on their behalf. This is my hometown. I want my grandchildren to be able to visit it someday and be proud of it. Please do your part by passing this along and encouraging others to stay informed and visiting us this summer.