There are several of these lovely catalpa trees in Rural. Most of them, like the one here in front of the Weller Store, are volunteers from seeds carried by birds and other critters.
The leaves of the catalpa are huge and they open to full size quickly in the spring so they make wonderful shade trees.
The catalpa also has some delicate blossoms - like miniature orchids - that are replaced later in the year by long seed pods.
This tree sits on the lot line between Weller's and the house next door. I park my car on the neighbor's side of the tree in front of what used to be the blacksmith shop. My car stays relatively cool there on a hot, sunny, summer day, though I do occasionally have to wipe a little bird puckie from the windshield or hood of the car. Seems the birds are pretty happy in the shade of the catalpa as well.