Scattered across the plains of Eastern Colorado, were a variety of Post Offices. Most of the early ones were located in a farmhouse, that served a small community. A general store would open and the Post Office would move but the town would keep the original name of the Post Office. So when I saw the name Happyville on the map, all my assumptions went away. During one of my trips across the prairie, I went looking for this village of happy folks.
Didn’t find anything that looked like a town, It was more like a spot on the corner. There was an abandoned church and nearby was a crumbling home and a few foundations. The happy folks of Happyville had left.
On a ridge nearby was another abandoned farmhouse where Heartstrong Post Office had been. This area of southern Yuma County was pretty empty. On distant horizon could be seen other dwellings. Here at Happyville was empty building a memory of other times.
Heartstrong shows up on some weather maps, so it will be a spot on the map for times a coming.
Bouncing along CR 26, the dust boils up behind the pickup and reminders of yesteryear are few and far. Yet during the early 1900’s, this was the promised land. Here the settlers could have a piece of the dream and raise their family. Here they could be happy.