Tampico, IL 61283
Can anyone tell me what Tampico is known for? Yep you guessed correctly if you answered Ronald Reagan’s boyhood hometown. This was an interesting stop for me.
I pulled up in front of the post office but it was busy and there were several cars out front. So I casually got out to stretch my legs and to get some close up pictures. Not too long after I was waiting around a man pulled up in a van full of stuff.
He apparently saw my tripod setup and observed me taking pictures of the building. As we were chatting he asked me if I’d like a souvenir as a reminder of Tampico. I wasn’t sure what to say or where this was going but I said sure! (Jim) whose name I found out later went to his van and pulled out a small John Deer tractor toy. As it turns out Jim cleans houses for a living and had just finished cleaning one prior to visiting the post office. He offered me the tractor and I eagerly accepted. It’s one of these cool metal tractors which I always thought were cool. Now by sure luck and being in the right place at the right time I’m given this one.
I think my face lit up and I acted like a child but I didn’t care, this thing is cool. I now have it in my front room on display. To most people its just a tractor, but to me its a symbol of the generosity of others. I’m happy to have met Jim. He also offered me several facts about Tampico, like there is a small museum in town. It was closed at the time I visited but it’s talking to the locals and meeting people like Jim that makes my job of photographing post office so much fun. Thanks Jim!!