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Memories of the Covington area and changes that have occurred as recalled by a native of the area for over forty years.

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The Trail is Gone

August 17th, 2015 at Mon, 17th, 2015 at 8:46 pm by Rick Bergum

I attended grade school at Covington Elementary from first to fourth grade.  Around the fourth grade, I remember an exciting event that took place. Behind the gym on the edge of the forest a new trail had been cut through the forest.  It was a new nature trail!

Classes, always with the teacher of course, could now enjoy the beauty and mystery of the forest behind the school.  It would be used for classroom fodder and discussion, especially when covering units of a scientific nature.  However, due to crime and the danger of being alone or lost in the woods, no students were allowed to enter the trail without an adult or a classroom group.  (I can’t think of what would have constituted crime in 1971 in Covington, but the rules about the trail were clear.)

I don’t remember a lot about the trail.  I don’t believe it was very long, but it did meander through the woods and popped back out a little farther back on the school property.  All-in-all it was a fun adventure and a way to get out of the building during a school day.

But as you know, those days are going.  Soon the school will be a thing of the past.  Even now, the trail that once was is gone having given way to the construction and progress of new apartments, businesses and parking lots next door to the school. The once mysterious and forbidden trail is now only a mist in my mind.  It was fun while it lasted, but today, progress has erased many of the things of joy that once were in Covington.  I’m sure there are other natives of Covington that remember these things of bygone days and they too probably reminisce about what these memories of the past.

I've lived in Covington for over 50 years. I've seen a lot of changes in Covington during that time and hope to share a few of these periodically. I enjoy writing and also write a blog for those in the custodial field. (The link is included on this blog page.) You can also find information on Facebook under the name Custodial Soupçon.

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