The depopulation of the Midwest countryside has been particularly rough on small towns far from the interstate, such as Eldon, Iowa. I passed through the small town twice this weekend, and was able to persuade my chauffeur to stop only because it rid us of some particularly annoying cars in front of us.
Despite the desolation, the town has some fascinating local architecture, and a small, if heavily abandoned Main Street.
I particularly enjoyed the Doric-Revival bank building in downtown, with its terracotta columns and glazed brick.
Here is a detail of the bank.
Unfortunately, the refuse of abandonment is creeping close to the downtown area, replete with rusted out trucks.
Perhaps the town can fully utilize this potential tourist attraction: do you recognize it below?
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Lunch wanderings: is that *the* Grant Wood American Gothic home?!
It is indeed! Fun fact: the male and female models for the painting never actually stood in front of the house in question. Wood composed the painting from studies of people and buildings from around Iowa.
P.S. BTW, you’ve found some really “deep cuts,” as they say in the record business, on your lunch break!