John Handelaar noted: >>I once knew some people who lived 15 miles from the border up in >>Cumbria. They didn't get electricity until the M6 reached Carlisle. >>1968. Hi John, Yeah. ;-) I spent a lot of time up in rural northern Minnesota. We had it pretty good. We had electricity and even a hand crank telephone. Eventually we put in an electric pump and a hose to bring water up from the lake and into the house. That beat hell out of carrying buckets up from the lake! Still had to drive a fair number of miles over to the State Park to work the hand pump to fill jerry cans with drinking water though. Good times. Although I admit - it could be a little disconcerting seeing eyes attached to something taller than you shining back from your flashlight on your way to the outhouse at night. I remember an old guy, Tonto, who stopping by the house for a drink and to show off his first car. I think he was in his 70's. He didn't have electricity, or running water ... or even a driver's license for that matter ... but now that he had a car he didn't have to walk to the bar anymore! He was pretty pleased! RonL.