Getting off of U.S. Highway 24 eastbound out of Peoria towards Washington, just to the north running parallel is Dutch Lane. It is one of those roads that is only a half mile north of sprawl, but is a hundred… Continue Reading
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
I went back to Pleasantview Road in early August, to see how things were. Below, I was shocked to discover the old farmhouse, which I had been photographing for years, had vanished, despite receiving brand new storm windows and a… Continue Reading
The cutting through of a new section of Wild Horse Creek Road off of the old Olive Street Road, which began its life as a plank road, has opened up new pieces of land for development out in Chesterfield. The… Continue Reading
Years ago BeltSTL and I took a drive around Far North County and checked out some old buildings, including this old farmstead. The barns appear to look in good condition, though there has been no progress on finding a new… Continue Reading
“But, but, we have to have a parking lot or people won’t come downtown!” I’m sure someone said that when it came time to do something with the vacant lot that was left on the west side of the main… Continue Reading
Things are looking good around the family farm, even if it has been a dry summer. The barns are now surrounded by grass and corn.
Sometimes road conditions require a quick snapshot, when you’re not able to hang out for very long. What was the barn used for, when was it abandoned, what is its future?
The family farm is looking good this February, and preparations are already beginning for planting this spring. The frost in the ground is melting, and the water is leaching up to the surface, making for some thick mud around 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