Around Woodford County, Illinois, June 2022

I went around and looked at some of the towns northeast of the family farm. I started with Eureka, the county seat of Woodford County. I could have sworn I had featured the courthouse before, but apparently not. Got to love the bank where they filled in the windows–who needs natural light when there’s amazing…

St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church, Peoria, Interior

I was absolutely stunned and delighted to find some magnificent paintings on the interior of St. Mark’s when I went inside on a quiet Saturday. There’s a long story about how the parish renovated the church to undo changes done in the mid-Twentieth Century, but one of the major alterations was to embrace the work…

St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church, Peoria, Exterior

Up the hill in Peoria away from the South Side is St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church, which has roots going back to 1891. It is interesting in that it has only two front portals. As is typical of many German Gothic Revival churches, the spire is offset and transitions to an octagonal shape above the…

The South Side, Peoria

My trip up to Central Illinois in mid June took me to all sorts of random surprises, including several new churches and other sights, and that is why I enjoy doing what I do. It is often totally random. But sometimes my totally random path takes me through neighborhoods that tell stories that I don’t…

St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, South Side of Peoria

Due to heavy demolition of the South Side, or Near South Side of Peoria in the mid to late Twentieth Century, the remaining churches in the area south of downtown are easy to spot, notwithstanding their spires, as I noted in regards to St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church back in September of 2019. The stunning…

Union Illinois Traction Railroad Depot

I’ve written before about the Illinois Terminal or Traction Railroad, which was an electric-powered line that snaked its way around the the Midwest, with St. Louis being a major hub from its underground station at the northeast corner of Washington and Tucker. I featured the well-preserved and occupied station at Mackinaw, Illinois back in September…

Bethel Church, Logan County, Illinois

Through the randomness of Google Maps, I spotted a new landmark popping up in the countryside north of Lincoln, Illinois. Labeled Bethel Church, I knew the short ten minute drive off the interstate was going to be worthwhile. The style of the church is an interesting mix of the massing of the Gothic Revival, with…

Around Blair Avenue, Hyde Park

If you wondered what that giant forty foot deep hole looked like before it was almost completely filled in, this is what it looked like a couple of weeks ago. MSD was working to get the sewer line fixed. Interestingly, it broke in the same place one hundred years ago. I suspect, looking at old…

Blair Avenue Between Newhouse and Angelica Streets, West Side

Speaking of anomalies, and I always tell people to watch out for this, if you ever seen a cluster of newer houses in a neighborhood of much older housing stock in a part of the city that was platted out early, you need to be curious. In this instance, we are looking at the west…

Illinois Avenue Between Osage and Chippewa Avenues, West Side

I had initially ignored Illinois Avenue in Marine Villa due to the presence of its little bungalows, clearly built in the mid Twentieth Century. But I finally took a look, realizing that there must be an interesting story, and simultaneously acquired an appreciation for the little guys. Starting at Osage Street on the south and…