The road heading north from Shelbina into Shelbyville, the county seat, is lined with abandoned houses. An elevator dominates the east side of the road. Relatively isolated away from major highways, the town is still small. The courthouse, designed by… Continue Reading
Dodier Street dead ends here, and I have to admit that I had never visited it before. It’s one of those places we should be embarrassed that it exists. At least some people are engaging in a little old fashioned… Continue Reading
This fine structure, described as dilapidated by the news media, has giant timbers holding up its interior. Actually four structures technically, they are built together as a single building in appearance. Then a train bearing the sinister number of “6661”… Continue Reading
I’m really impressed with the new Bissinger’s chocolate factory on North Broadway. It shows that the area is still viable–if given a chance–due to its convenient location to the new bridge.
Supposedly the largest cold storage facility when it was built in 1922, the Federal Cold Storage Company demonstrates the once and continued importance of North Broadway to the transportation and warehousing of food to the area around Produce Row. As… Continue Reading
Located down an isolated road that looks like it goes nowhere are the buildings of what was once a Merck pharmaceuticals factory, and an adjacent factory that may have been owned by Merck or at least operated in tandem to… Continue Reading
Once the heart of the city, filled with dense residential neighborhoods and businesses in the alley, this northwestern part of downtown, along MLK Drive (formerly Franklin Avenue here and Easton Avenue further out) was lined with houses. As the houses… Continue Reading
Why I love this city; look at this warehouse. It was once a shoe company, then a “braid” company, and I could swear that ghost sign says something else as well. It sits waiting (at least) a fourth occupant. The… Continue Reading