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Centerville South Dakota Is In The Twilight Zone?

Via Twilight Zone YouTube
Via Twilight Zone YouTube

Submitted for your approval, a small South Dakota town in the heartland, the breadbasket if you will, of the U.S.A. The name is Centerville, and it’s one of those towns you visited, with friendly folks and an air of comfort and familiarity. Some people call it quaint, others may say nothing much ever goes on there. Except, of course, if when you enter Centerville you also enter ‘The Twilight Zone’.

OK, ok, that wasn’t exactly the opening narration when I was watching an episode of the original Twilight Zone called “Stopover In A Quiet Town.” It was during the annual Twilight Zone marathon on the SyFy channel on the 4th of July.

Now, for me The Twilight Zone is one of those series that, well, I can pretty much name every episode after about the first 5 seconds. I’ve seem them all a hundred times (I’m ball parkin’ that number, but it’s a lot). So when “Stopover In A Quiet Town” came on, I knew all about it.

Yawn – the couple wakes up after a night of partying and drinking and have no idea where they are (a familiar theme for the Zone). They stroll through town and no one (and I mean no one) is there. In fact, everything is fake. From the lawns and trees to the storefronts and automobiles. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is real.

Then they hear a train whistle and thankfully climb aboard a train that starts moving, but of course they don’t get out of town. It just circles back to the same town, the same ‘fake’ town named.

Centerville.

That’s right, good ‘ol Centerville is in The Twilight Zone (and one of the very best episode’s)!

Now, I’d seen that episode a hundred times (OK, exaggerating again, but a bunch) and I’ll be doggoned, I had never seen the name on the train platform building and it’s there twice!

You can watch the video clip below and when they climb aboard the train, keep a sharp eye out the train window. Oh, and they’re actually pets, these two. Yep, a guy brought them home (on another planet) for his little girl.

Uh, it’s a little hard to explain. Suffice to say, its The Twilight Zone.

Anyway, I salute you folks in Centerville. I didn’t realize you’ve lived in The Twilight Zone all these years!

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