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Picturing the Past 166: Slow journey

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at 7:25 PM

A horse is led to Shelbyville police headquarters in November 1973. (T-G File Photo by Bo Melson)
This photo reminds me so much of the Andy Griffith Show episode where Andy and Barney lead the dynamite-stuffed goat out of town.

But this was real. At least no dynamite was involved.

It's November 1973, and Shelbyville police officers are leading a lost horse -- very slowly, according to the story -- from East Lane Street to police headquarters, Wonder if they took it inside to one of the jail cells the police station had then, or tied it to a pole outside?

This was shot just east of the East Lane Street-North Brittain Street intersection, as it appeared before the bypass around the square was built. Also, notice Haggard's Market in the old house at right. Seems like Haggard's was more of a fruit market than a full-line grocery.

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That even looks like Andy and Barney in the car!!!

-- Posted by kings11 on Wed, Sep 19, 2012, at 4:23 PM

Well, you see Andy, it's like this: the horse is leading the police car to a barn that the horse had always wanted to reside in, and far away from his farmer's place.

-- Posted by Grits on Wed, Sep 19, 2012, at 5:56 PM

Though we still see the occasional story concerning stray cows or horses, it's very sad and unfortunate that our dedicated law enforcement officers very often have to deal with far worse problems much more frequently today. Pray they may all stay safe while doing so.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Thu, Sep 20, 2012, at 11:19 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.