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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Buena Revisited (Colorized): 1939

Buena Revisited (Colorized): 1939

The small town of Buena, Washington, in Yakima County, one of the country's top farming regions. View full size.

Hungriest Town in America

It's something when five of the six businesses that comprise Main Street in a town have to do with food.

Great job, Don W

Really feel like you can step in the pic and take a walk down Main Street, such as it is. Great work.

 
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