As I had said before that I live in a mountain town that attracts alot of tourists.
I was strolling down mainstreet on my way to eat some ice cream. I was stopped by some out of towners who asked, "Are you from here?" I acknowledged that I am. They looked at me and said, "Um can you tell me why they put the river so close to the train tracks?" (They were referring to the narrow gauge scenic railroad that departs from our town and makes its way up the river). I do not remember what my resonse was but I am still in awe at the question. These must be the same people who think corn comes in a can (rather than a corn field).
Maybe I should have proceeded with a story along the lines that back then there wasn't alot to do and so they built the river next to the railroad so that they could build rafts and carrry them up on the railroad and then at a point get off and then raft down the river and back to town. Does anyone think that this would have been a better answer?