Pana, Illinois

I had never even heard of Pana, Illinois, until we saw it on a map and it was in between our destination and Vandalia. We were pleasantly surprised that the town has some really nice houses.

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Turreted Queen Anne style houses predominated on the streets south of downtown.

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Interestingly, a very old grain elevator still stands on the west side of downtown. I was told these are increasingly very rare.

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Downtown had a nice mix of Italianate storefronts. The grid of streets in the center is off kilter, and then the outer parts of town are back on the cardinal directions.

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Sadly, much of the street is clearly abandoned.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lynne Cook says:

    My great grandfather Wesley Simpson one of the founders of Pana & Springfield..built this house & I have pictures passed down to me by my father Frank Simpson

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      How interesting! I would love to see those photos if that would be alright.

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