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Monday, December 12, 2011

In Richmond, Mo., pigeons still rule the roost


Found this in a 1970 bound volume of the Richmond News. Pigeon shoots had been a tradition in Richmond until New Year's Day 1971, when the city began to enforce a law already on the books making it illegal to discharge firearms in the city limits. Police had been turning the other cheek as men and boys took New Year's Day pot shots at pigeons, who were considered a nuisance around the courthouse. Pigeons are still there, possibly still a nuisance for some. My take is that the pudgy little birds are survivors who prevailed, despite quite a quirky local tradition. Now if they'd just stand still so I can get some decent photos of them.

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