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Voices From the Past
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Gone Are the Days
Profile of a rural community.
The town was still of importance to the cotton farmer as a place sell his crops, and to obtain the goods needed for daily living. The population grew again to over five hundred persons and the trains continued to stop to pick up the great bales of cotton lined up on the railroad platform during harvest time.
Over the years, however, things began to change. Young people began to leave the area for the big cities rather than enter the business of the family farm. With the advent of more modern methods of travel and the shipping of freight, the trains no longer stopped and the depot was closed. Small factories set up shop and became the place to make a living. In 1971 the high school was closed in favor of consolidating with the school system of the neighboring town of Middleton. A modern style supermarket and a new bank opened out on the highway and the general store burned down. The plaza like area of the old business district on the railroad once filled with people on Saturdays as everyone came in from the farms to market. Today it is quiet and still as people now go to the new dollar stores. There is no longer a grocery store in town. The old buildings are empty and boarded up. As of 1990, the population of Grand Junction, Tennessee was three hundred sixty-five. ·