I returned to Washington, Illinois, and snapped a couple of quick photographs of the bank building on the square in downtown, which I realized I had not documented in a decade since these pictures. I also explored some of the… Continue Reading
Update: I went back to Pleasantview Road in August of 2019. I’m eternally fascinated by the relatively isolated Pleasantview Road, with its beautiful barns and farmhouses. The rubble up above used to be a corn crib, I believe. Pleasantview School,… Continue Reading
I know for a fact that years ago this unique facade had been completely obscured by re-skins, and from the looks of it, there might be more surprises on the left side of the building.
Somehow, perhaps merely for sentimental reasons, the owner of the severely damaged, but historic barn on the edge of the sprawl in Washington, Illinois, has kept it still standing.
Due to the increased productivity of farm machinery, there simply is not as much of a need for individual farmsteads. They increasingly are abandoned, their buildings disappearing one by one. The remnants of past higher population density remain, such as… Continue Reading
Woah, something has been happening at the old Pleasantview School! We learned from our family’s friend (and distant cousin to my father, possibly six degrees removed) who had actually attended the school as a boy that the building is being… Continue Reading
Update: The barn was still standing in 2013. A barn I featured last year has fallen on hard times. I don’t know if it was hit by storm, or if it’s being torn down. My father informed me it would… Continue Reading
I have driven over this bridge dozens of times, and only recently did I realize how interesting a bridge it really was. Glendale Cemetery holds the oldest graves in the town of Washington, and this bridge, from the last quarter… Continue Reading
You can’t miss this monument in Glendale Cemetery; set off by itself, and unique among the funerary monuments in the area. Conrad Stormer was a successful lumber mill owner, and his statue is bedecked with various accouterments of his trade.… Continue Reading