Pleasantview School, Washington Township, Illinois

Update: See the school again in July of 2021. Rural America is not without its abandoned buildings, as can be seen in the abandoned school house near my family’s farm in Illinois. Tucked away on back road, it is left to decay in obscurity. See earlier pictures of the school here; little has changed over…

Abandoned House, Pleasantview Road, Washington Township, Illinois

Update: The house was destroyed sometime in the first half of 2019. I once remarked that I would drive by this abandoned house on Washington Road, and it would be demolished. I knew something was different, but the cows weren’t talking. Finally, I realized the barn or corn crib in the back of the property had…

Pleasantview Road, Washington Township and Sprawl

Update: The house was destroyed sometime in the first half of 2019. I drove back by Pleasantview Road to check on the status of the buildings I have been documenting for the last year. The abandoned farmstead has weathered the winter, and looks largely the same. I know someday I will drive by, only to see…

Pleasantview School, Washington Township, Illinois

Update: See it again in November of 2010 and in July of 2021. I came across this abandoned school, left to rot in 1994. Family friends actually attended this school when they were young, and when consolidation occurred, the school was abandoned. There are two parts: the 1949 original building, and the 1960’s addition. It’s…

Abandoned Farmhouse, Washington Township, Illinois

Update: The house was destroyed sometime in the first half of 2019. The abandoned farmhouse outside of Washington continues to sit undisturbed, its boards becoming more and more weathered every time I pass.

Pleasantview Road, Washington Township, Illinois

We had rediscovered Pleasantview Road, north of our family farm, on the last trip we took to Washington-Deer Creek area. I went back and snapped some pictures of the farmhouses along the road. Below, off in the distance is the grain elevator at Cooper Station, which is rapidly filling with grain as the harvest proceeds…

Abandoned Farm Outside Washington, Illinois in Good Weather

Update: The house was destroyed sometime in the first half of 2019. I made it back by the old farmstead that I had photographed in haste while a large storm came on, and this time I was able to photograph it with better light. Some original paint still clings to the front porch. Amazing.

Abandoned Farm House Outside Washington, Illinois

Update: The house was destroyed sometime in the first half of 2019. I had seen this abandoned farmstead on Old Highway 24, between Washington and Eureka, Illinois. Realizing that a tornado or strong winds, or just simply the owner, could demolish the structure any day, I convinced my parents to stop by on the way back…