My great-uncle used to own the original Cordova General Store. After he sold it, the owners converted it into a home for them and their 8 children.
I used to play with their kids and I remember much of the old stock was still there for years. Old dress patterns, yarn, and other supplies. A house next door to the original was converted into a general store after the sale, but has since been closed. A brand new log-home store was built a few years ago and now serves the remaining population.
In years gone by it was a booming town with post-office, bakery, butcher, and craftsmen. Now mostly deserted and overgrown it's hard to believe it was ever such a bustling place. Two churches still stand, and the local fire hall, but it is a shell of it's former glory. Forgotten in time like many other mining communities in the same area. The spirit and pride of the town is still going strong though. The residents come together to help one another in times of need, times of sorrow, and times of celebration.
Every time I go back, I am surrounded by friends and family in a town where everybody knows your name. It is a simple life, but a good life.
photo General Store borrowed from http://www.ghosttownpix.com/ontario/towns/cordova.html
Thanks to David for the inspiration! http://david-mcmahon.blogspot.com/2009/05/doorway-to-gold-rush.html