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Jewish Home for the Aged and Hyde Park at the Turn of the Century

Thanks to help from a reader, Mark Baker, I gained access to this wonderful postcard view of the College Park/Hyde Park at what looks to be the turn of the Twentieth Century, which illuminated additional information on the Jewish Home… Continue Reading

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Down by the River, Peoria, Illinois

Peoria is really a cool city; architecturally it reminds me of a lot of mid-sized Illinois cities: lots of four-squares and wood, balloon frame houses with interesting ornamentation.  Unlike St. Louis, there was never a building code that required all… Continue Reading

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Irish Lane, Unzicker Road and Pleasantview Road, Washington Township, Illinois

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