By Joel Achenbach
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 17, 2008; Page A12
CRAWFORD, Tex. — From certain angles, this town looks as if it already got hit by a recession. The gift shop next to the police station closed about a year ago, and there’s a “Building For Sale” banner flapping from the cornice. Two other gift shops have long since gone out of business. Another one is open now only on weekends. Two more are still going, but they sometimes close early in the day during the lonely winter months.
The Bush boom is over.
“It didn’t last. You can only sell so many souvenirs,” says the former mayor, Robert Campbell.