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Weather.com pictures give Walker taste of home
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The old Fashion Gallery building on Beersheba Street in Mt. Leo is an easily identifiable building.

Warren County native Richard Walker knows there’s no place like home and sometimes a little reminder is all it takes.
“I saw that picture and I was instantly home sick,” said Walker.
What brought Walker home again was a picture of the old Centertown Bank building taken by photographer Robert Gotzfried and placed on www.weather.com.
Gotzfried took a road trip through the backroads, traveling from Washington D.C. to Nashville, on a mission to see the countryside, escape big-city stress, talk to locals, and take pictures as he went.
The photographer traveled through Warren County on his route and took several pictures.
“The very first picture that pops up is of the bank in Centertown,” said Walker. “I didn’t even have to read the caption. I knew that was my hometown. I started clicking and then there was a picture of the Fashion Gallery in Mt. Leo. It was awesome.”
Walker is the son of Wayne and Ruth Walker. He graduated from Warren County High School in 1987 and joined the Marine Corps. He retired after 20 years serving his country and currently lives in Florida.
He subscribes to the Southern Standard in order to stay in touch with his hometown.
“It’s nice to read the Southern Standard three days a week. It keeps me in touch with my hometown,” said Walker.
Gotzfried said he hopes his photographs kindle a desire in people to take a road trip, hit the backroads, and see the United States.
“I guess a trip on the interstates is more about consuming and just getting from one place to another,” Gotzfried told weather.com. “You end up in fast food chains and motels that have the same interior everywhere. In my series, I was able to capture snapshots of real-life communities and traditions. You simply get to see different things when you’re doing the backroads.”
The photographs are on weather.com by clicking on “photos,” “all photos,” and scrolling down to “Backroads Only: A U.S. Road Trip Avoiding Interstates.”