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Sophia Fox And The Lewistown Wig-Wags

Another August post. I know this post’s 2 topics don’t really go together, but I like them, so I’m doing this one for you now.

In Lewistown, Montana, there once stood 2 Wig-Wag signals on West Water Street. Down below is a photo of them from 2002.


The line was then operated by BNSF. At the time of the photo above being taken, there had been rumors that Lewistown did not want tracks in town anymore, and thus the trains only came to Lewistown about once a week.

However, in 2003, a storm washed away part of the track, and the line was taken out of service. Finally, in December 2005, BNSF got permission to abandon the Lewistown line. Then the word got around that the Wig-Wags and other railroad crossing signals there would be removed. The rails would also be pulled and the line would become a crosswalk trail. This finally happened during 2006.

Now, for your preschooler family member, he or she may have heard of a show called TEAM UMIZOOMI. Ever wondered who voiced Milli during the season 1  episodes (except the episode “The Butterfly Dance Show”, for unknown reasons)? Well, down below is a picture of the girl recording as Milli.


Her name is Sophia Fox, only it’s spelled “Sofia Fox” in the picture. She was born in 1999 in New York City.

Other voice actors for those episodes include Ethan Kempner and Donovan Patton.

That’s the end of this post. There’s just about 2 weeks before school resumes.


Goodbye, Sentry

My first (and only) post of November!

The Sentry Foods market in Whitewater, Wisconsin was built by Fleming Companies, Inc. in 1997. The Daniels company purchased it in 2003.



The Sentry is a chain of grocery stores through Wisconsin. Different companies own different Sentry stores. The only other Sentry stores owned the Daniels were located in Janesville (2 stores), Walworth, Elkhorn, and Belleville.


East Janesville Sentry


West Janesville Sentry


Elkhorn Sentry


Walworth Sentry

Belleville Sentry

The city of Belleville once had a Sentry, but now it’s been upgraded into a store called Berreson’s Foods.

Now, next to Sentry stood a Wal-Mart business store. It originally opened in April of 1989. At that time it did not sell groceries.


This a picture of the Wal-Mart. Before it was upgraded.

In 2008, Wal-Mart updated their logo. Down below is a picture of it.


It was discussed for 3 years that Wal-Mart should grow bigger and than sell foods.

And so, in the early summer of 2011, the Wal-Mart began to upgrade.


Finally, on November 16, 2011, the Wal-Mart was ready to reopen.


And ever since then, Wal-Mart has been selling groceries with lower prices than Sentry, having more people come to them.

As a result, Sentry began to lose money.

One time, on August 31, 2013, the racing sausages came to Sentry! Man, that’s one GREAT memory!

But for 2 1/2 years, the Sentry employees tried to sell the store to another grocer, but failed.

Finally, in October of 2015, the store was sold to an unnamed developer.

The Sentry in Whitewater will now close its doors at the end of 2015:(. Some reports said it will close on December 31. Once Dad even said that it will close on December 15. But for real, it will close on December 16. Some shelfs in it have already been emptied.

Other Sentrys have been in something like this before. They have closed because of being next to other, better food stores.

Once Sentry is closed, something else will go there. Several people rumor that the vacant place will be turned into another grocery store. If it is a grocery store, it will either be Festival Foods or Aldi Food Market. But the new grocery store will have to serve really big in order to compete with Wal-Mart.

Festival Aldi

Other people state that it will be turned into car auto dealership. But many people don’t expect that.


Or, worst of all, it could just be an empty building.


Although Sentry will be missed, we can always go to Wal-Mart, or the new grocery store in Sentry’s location (hopefully), but if not, we could shop outside of town.

That’s the end of this post (and also the end of Sentry, in that matter). I’ll write again in 2 weekends from now.


Whitewater, Wisconsin-Old and Different

Finally, here’s today’s post: How Whitewater, Wisconsin changed over time.

There once was a place called WALL CRAWLERS next to Jessica’s restaurant. It was used by the boy scouts during their activities. It had this huge, indoor climbing wall that the boy scouts could go on. Dad and my older brother Jacob have been to it 5 or 6 times. Mom and I have been in it only once. Google Maps showed photos of it in October 2007 and again in September 2009.

Those street views show it back then-open and operating. But in 2010, since no one wanted to be the leader anyone, boy scouts ended. The guy who owned the place even moved back to Colorado. So WALL CRAWLERS was closed and the site has been part of Jessica’s the past 5 years or so. Down below is the new Jessica’s part viewed from October of 2012.

And plus, since boy scouts has now ended, I don’t go in their church anymore. It has this little play area with all these little preschooler toys. I went to this area every time we went there. How I miss playing in there.

Speaking of churches, there was this church the university called the CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH. Down below is a street view of it from October 2007.

But then, around 2009, it was sold, and was demolished. The church was torn down at about the same time WALL CRAWLERS and the boy scouts went away.

The church was replaced with this university student apartment building called THE ELEMENT.

And here’s the last thing: just southwest of Whitewater is the town called Lima Center, which is barely a town at all. Once, at its main railroad crossing, there was this wigwag signal. Down below is a few pictures of it, followed by a video of it in action.




Notice that the banner is missing its top stripe and that there is no crossbuck on the signal since there is a crossbuck and a stop sign in front of it. That was also the only signal at the crossing. The other side only had a few crossbucks and stop signs.

But then….in early August of 2011, someone went to the crossing to find out that….


Yes, you see it right; the wig-wag at this crossing has been removed. Nothing signal-related remains here anymore. According to Dan’s WigWag site, the WigWag had been removed earlier that year, although it was said to have been stolen.

All these old things were very good to us. I really wish they were all still there, but I guess I can’t really do anything about it right this minute.

Well, that’s the end of this post. My next post will be published next weekend. Stay tuned!