A game called PIG played in Pall Mall, Tenn.; artillery collectors in Niland, Cal.; a Martian-like community in Hanksville, Utah; steel-anvil launching in Laurel, Miss.; criminals staring down horses in Hutchinson, Kan., and Beaumont, Texas.
Oil workers in Texas City, Texas; a rattlesnake festival in Okeene, Okla.; coal miners in Minersville, Pa.; songs about heroes in Mt. Airy, N.C. Also: turning around a community inundated with drugs in Hazard, Ky.
Included: alligator hunting in Bayou Boeuf, La.; Native American warriors testing their skills on Suicide Hill in Omak, Wash.; a hobo gathering in Britt, Iowa; Appalachian music in Bristol, Tenn.; and Elgin, Iowa, cornfields.