Secor, Woodford County, Illinois

The giant grain elevator in Secor had long attracted my attention on my drive west of El Paso on U.S. Highway 24 on my way to Eureka, Illinois, but this time I decided to go visit and take a look…

Germantown, Montgomery County, Ohio

I drove into Germantown, Ohio from the east, and was greeted by a row of beautifully restored houses from the Nineteenth through early Twentieth Centuries Orangish-red brick was used to build Italianate style houses along the main road into town. Many houses have been restored, and its proximity to major Ohio cities (it’s actually in…

Washington Court House, Fayette County, Ohio

As I was planning out my short drive between Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, I spotted a town slightly off the interstate named Washington Court House. That sounds interesting, I thought, I wonder if there’s a nice courthouse there. Google Street View confirmed there was in fact a spectacular courthouse there, so I turned off the…

Southwest Garden, Part One

The Southwest Garden District is one of the strangest shaped, and most dichotomatic neighborhoods in the City of St. Louis. It didn’t make the cut back in 2007 when I was simplifying the neighborhoods I was creating tags for, and the part east of Kingshighway was lumped in with Shaw, and the part to the…

Moss Avenue Between Western Avenue and North MacArthur Highway, Peoria

Moss Avenue is a historic district that stretches along the bluffs near Bradley University northwest of downtown Peoria. I’ve broken up the street into two sections, first from Western Avenue to North MacArthur Highway/North University Avenue. There are a wide variety of styles, with everything from early Twentieth Century Colonial Revival to Shingle Style houses,…

Down by the River, Peoria, July 2021

I revisited the area of Peoria down by the river northeast of downtown on Saturday afternoon the weekend before the Fourth of July. Many businesses were closed for the holiday, including this pawnshop. I’ve looked at the area three times before: September of 2013, September of 2015 and August of 2019. Things look largely the…

West Market Street, Bloomington, Illinois

The fortunes of many a street in America is determined by the assigning of numbers on a shield. In this case, for West Market Street in Bloomington, Illinois, it was assigned US Highway 150, probably sometimes around or after 1926, and its fate has been tied to that designation since that time. Heavy through traffic…

Cote Brilliante Avenue, Early Summer 2021

I find the long block of Cote Brilliante Avenue between Marcus and Euclid avenues one of the enigmas: filled with beautiful houses but at the same time embodying the troubles afflicting so many North Side neighborhoods. The overgrowth has grown up due to the wet spring and the hot temperatures of the early summer. I…

Augusta in Transition: Walnut Street Between Public and Lower Streets

Proceeding east on Walnut Street past Public Street, we came upon the same church I photographed last year. I’m starting to suspect that the tower and sanctuary were built separately. There are two wonderful Queen Anne cottages on the south side of the street. There’s also a restaurant that was producing some good smelling food…