What does it mean to live on the wrong side of the tracks?

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Bald Knob depot

This is the Bald Knob, Arkansas, White County, train depot taken a long time ago.  Bald Knob, in the last few years, obtained a grant and they used it to restore the old depot.  It is used as a museum for train items and it may still be used as a depot too because trains come through Bald Knob all the time.

But back to my question.  You and I have always heard about "the wrong side of the tracks."  She or he lives on the wrong side of the tracks.....and sometimes that was a snub.  At least I always thought it was a snub.

Lately, I've learned that it was and is a real problem.  In Bald Knob if you live on the wrong side of the tracks and the train is sitting on the tracks, you can't get across.  You will be late for your job, your date, your hair appointment, or your dinner if it is on the other side.  You might sit in your car for a long long time.

A person who knows Bald Knob well told me that in the past a mayor of the city lived on the wrong side, had a heart attack, got to the tracks and there was a train.  By the time they had to wait 30 minutes to get across, he died.  Whether this is a Bald Knob urban myth, I don't know but it certainly put literal meaning to "wrong side of the tracks."

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What a story, Barbara. See, this is why I love reading your blog. I get such a sense of Searcy history from it.

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August 09, 2008 09:38 AM
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Elizabeth, you are just such a nice person and great blogger!  No wonder you are wanted for book writing.  I googled you and I believe I read that you already write for the New York Times?  Or some REALLY BIG newspaper? 

Did you just notice that we don't have to fill in those danged funny words for responses today?

August 09, 2008 09:46 AM
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That is why we have two fire stations in our small town.  One on each side of the tracks, just in case of a fire while the train in on the tracks.  

August 10, 2008 12:07 PM
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Ludean, you have TWO fire stations?  I didn't know that.  Do the trains sit on the tracks a lot in your town?

August 10, 2008 12:16 PM
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Yes, we do have two fire stations or at least two buildings.  One beside the post office, the other across the tracks on the same block as the old city hall.  A new fire station is being built next to the old city hall, which is next to the Durham Park, where we have a nice walking trail.   

I don't think the tracks are blocked as much as they used to be.  We have 3 places to cross now.  One is Y Street, which I think they are talking about closing, the second one is on Searcy St., the third one is on Highway 11. 

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