Monday, 25 May 2015

Hamilton, Missouri...

We spent the first night (Thursday, 23rd April) in Cameron, Missouri, a short distance away from the town of Hamilton. We stayed at the Super 8 motel there - enjoying the inside pool - and then drove through to Hamilton the next morning. We went to an antique store based out of a large barn on the outskirts of Hamilton, before making our way to the main street where the girls enjoyed all the quilting stores there.

Hamilton is where the Missouri Star Quilt Company is based. It is also the birthplace and boyhood home of J. C. Penney. I enjoyed spending time browsing through various antique stores, the small independent supermarket, as well as drinking coffee at Poppy's Bakery. I also had a nice conversation here with a couple of locals about South African and US politics. There were many highlights from our short visit to Hamilton - one of the main ones was also seeing the quilts being made at the Quilting Department, housed in the old library. The whole process is computerised and is rather interesting.

We left Hamilton, bound for Oklahoma, in the early afternoon. Here are some more photos from our brief visit to this special little town.

 Cool clouds on the drive from Cameron to Hamilton.
 The antique store in the big barn.
 Really cool antique pickup truck.
 Hamilton main street.
 The library and J. C. Penney museum.
 The bakery and burger restaurant.
 Missouri Star Quilt Company.
 Inside the main shop.
 Hannah, Candace, Lavone.
 The old library which houses the Quilting Department.
 The Quilting Department.
 Large computerised sewing machines!
 Computer screen.
 The company ships to many places around the world.
 The antique store.
 J. C. Penney's Boyhood Home.
 Farming equipment.
School buses parked as we leave Hamilton.

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