How We Used To Get Around

by Jim Farfaglia

How We Used To Get Around


The first of us to travel on Fulton soil

did so through the simple act

of putting one foot in front of the other,

getting places one step at a time.


In the 1700s, canoes got us moving,

and they rapidly caught on.

It was easy-going one way,

not so much the other.


By the 1800s, horse-drawn trolleys

lifted us above river waters,

finally connecting our town’s two sides –

and we were sitting pretty.


At the turn of the 20th century,

bicycles spun into fashion,

and they took off like a road race –

by 1908, we sported four bike shops!


When ambulances first arrived on the scene

they got where they had to go, lickety-split.

Most came with a warning bell

and a few even had brakes.


Along came automobiles and buses,

taxis and motorcycles,

snowmobiles and 4-wheelers –

faster and faster; easier and easier…


So why is it that the best days, it seems,

are when I dust off my comfortable shoes,

and slowly resurrect that fine art

of walking through Fulton.

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