Postcard from Crawford

After eight years as the antiwar movement's epicenter, George W. Bush's home away from home slowly returns to normal. Peace comes to the Western White House

Misty Keasler for TIME

Crawford native Ronnie (Perch) Smith outside the Coffee Station café

There's a strong north wind blowing out of a cloudless sky down Crawford's main street, pulling at the Texan and American flags in front of the Red Bull souvenir shop. The only sound on this placid afternoon is the tinkling of wind chimes. It wasn't always so quiet in this tiny rural community of 730 in central Texas where former President George W. Bush has maintained a ranch since 1999. Four years ago, there were some who wondered if the noise would ever stop. The President's five-week summer vacation at his ranch brought the turmoil over the Iraq war into every...

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