You know your community is a hamlet when…

  • Shakespeare writes about it.
  • It is actually an abbreviation for ham omelet.
  • It is too small to qualify as small.
  • The book title “It Takes a Hamlet” doesn’t sound quite right.


  • You don’t have to blink to miss it.
  • Billy the Kid, John Dillinger, Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid never bothered robbing the local bank…for there is no bank.
  • Funerals are the only social events.
  • The post office never put a branch there.
  • The local grapevine really is a grapevine.
  • You zip code is someplace else.
  • The nearest dollar store is in that small town you just passed.
  • Winnie the Pooh is mayor and Piglet is the sheriff.
  • There are literally streets with no name.
  • The last train to pass through consisted of Conestoga wagons.
  • There is no zoning code.
  • Peace and tranquility are in abundance.
  • You know what it is like to live “out in the sticks.”
  • News and mail arrives weekly by Pony Express.


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