The Decline of Precious Things

When Places Pass Away

T.L. Spezia
7 min readJul 7, 2021

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Courtesy of the Library of Congress, John Margolies Collection

I live in a small town in southeast Michigan. By midwestern standards, the town is ancient, being slightly more than two hundred years old. Our roots can be traced back to a lodging house built by our founder. The building began life as a stopover on the road from Toledo to Detroit, at a time when that trip was long and treacherous. Our founder’s fortune grew and he built a…

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T.L. Spezia

T.L. Spezia writes short fiction and creative nonfiction in southeast Michigan. He edits Boneyard Soup, a horror & dark fantasy magazine. Twitter:@timothyspezia