You'll notice that Lucas has kept its own cinema - called the "Theater" - showing current releases. It's one of the things that enables this place - with fewer residents than many urban apartment buildings - to continue being a viable community, and not a ghost town.
- Theater Travel
I think it's interesting that Lucas - population 422 - has supported a family-owned meat market for 84 years!
I like visiting small town America, but I try to be thoughtful about it. The same kinds of issues arise visiting a place like Lucas that would also occur if you traveled to (say) Ghana or Bangladesh and imagined that you "understood" those environments based on the few hours you spent there and the photos you took of the "natives". Maybe not to the same degree - but I was still an outsider here looking in.
On the one hand, there's a tradition that looks at small town America as a place of weirdness, of failures and perversions, of infinite sadness. On the other hand, there's a temptation to sentimentalize it. I don't know what my approach is - but I don't want to seem like Truman Capote dropping in upon Holcomb to write about (and exploit) a sordid murder case.
(By the way, I thought the "Capote" movie with Philip Seymour Hoffman was really good, but it would have been better if it had actually been filmed in Kansas and not Alberta!)
The UPS Van parks in the center of the main street in downtown Lucas. It's plenty wide - probably helped with the cattle drives.