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.
Located far up the Illinois River, where it bends to the east north of St. Louis, DePue sits on a lake off the main channel. The town has some amazing slipcovers on its old buildings in the downtown. This old… Continue Reading
Update: Thanks to a reader, this has been identified as Mount Vernon, Linn or Cazenovia Cemetery. Occasionally, driving a lonely back road, we come across a cemetery without a name, and we stop and photograph it anyway. This cemetery, with… Continue Reading
The river crossing at Henry Illinois over the Illinois River is a massive “Pennsylvania Through Truss” design built in 1933, replacing an earlier wood bridge. Since river traffic still makes it this far upstream, it must be high enough to… Continue Reading
A reader graciously sent me some more images of Parks College, as well as one postcard of what the school looked like in better days. My original post about the college has elicited the most comments, up there with the… Continue Reading
There are some cool Modernist office buildings on State Street, such as the one above. This billboard stands isolated in the middle of some undergrowth and trees. Nelson Mandela Elementary School is not very old, but it was already closed.… Continue Reading
This church is in Caseyville, sitting right below the bluffs which rise so dramatically to the east. It’s surrounded by gas stations and other convenience stores.
I suspect this cool church was also an Eastern Orthodox church at one point, and is right next door to the Greek Orthodox church. It is still occupied, and looks great. It’s a fascinating mix of Modernism and Romanesque or… Continue Reading
Update: Thanks to readers contacting me, I have learned this was a Lithuanian national church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville. The stylized onion dome would make sense in an Eastern European church such as Lithuania. I love this… Continue Reading
Tucked away in northern East St. Louis is the Community of Christ Church, a neat little Modernist A-frame church. The medallion shows a lion lying with a lamb on either side of Christ, with the word “peace” written below.