Honeywell School —July Challenge


Built in 1927, Honeywell school has seen literally thousands of students over the years.  Named for Alba Honeywell, one of the founders of the town and one time mayor, who donated land for the school.  Located in the northern part of the city it served as the elementary school for students in that area.  Later it served as a center for kindergarten and grades 3 and 4.  Due to declining enrollments and costs of renovations it was closed in 2017.

Front facade facing north to Honeywell Avenue.


South facade.

Sadly, and to the chagrin of many city residents, the building is being considered for demolition.


Now, for some semi-sorta-related Cycle 365 photos taken 7/18/18:

Today was a beautiful, cooler, and way less humid one for a change, so a road trip seemed like a good thing to do.

But where to?

Hmmmmm   Moraine View State Park seemed like a likely destination, but not by bicycle.  🙁

So, if we are going that far, why not take a tour of. . . . . . . . . .


A request was made some time back for a crop report from Blue Mound Township, McClean County IL.

Great looking field SE of Cooksville.

Soybeans looking good too.

More excellent corn


Thats not a bicycle!!   No, it isnt, itsa Ford Edge  🙂

There is a bicycle! Propped up at the Longbranch.

Where much of the grain will be headed after harvest.

Beautiful drive around Moraine View Park.

(Bumpy Road!  Bumpy enough in the vehicle, it would be a real tooth-rattler on a bicycle!)

Next time, allow more time, and tour both places on the Raleigh, or Diamond Back!  For Sure!!

Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

4 response to "Honeywell School —July Challenge"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: July 19, 2018

    Crops are looking good – sorry you have to suffer the heat and humidity that allow such fine growing conditions! Another nice school, but that one looks a little like a prison since so many of the windows have had parts covered/closed over. An 1880s rural school here just sold very cheaply – for about the cost of the land – because it would be so expensive to renovate or tear down because of asbestos in everything:
    It’s a shame to lose history, but at least the building here didn’t quite have the architectural merits of the school photos you’ve shown over there.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 20, 2018

      All of the windows were replaced, not that long ago, to improve the weather tightness of the building. I agree, it didnt do much to improve the appearance. Previously, the windows were similar to the center section of the building you had the link to.
      I have no doubt asbestos will be a major concern with Honeywell School too.

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: July 19, 2018

    Best ever! My ace support crew studied your photos carefully and says she’s sure you got the perfect shots of the corn on her acreage southeast of Cooksville. Besides the landmarks, I think she recognizes the way her brothers mow the ditches. I always thought they should change the name to Weberville, because one of her brothers was the mayor and another brother is the president of the board of the grain elevator in your photo. (The view from the top makes the ride up the rickety one-person “lift” worthwhile.) She recognized the Longbranch before she saw the caption. All of the seven Weber siblings, including my ace support crew, have been known to spend time enjoying cold beverages at the Longbranch, not mention fish fry on Friday. Well done!

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 20, 2018

      It was a very enjoyable time wandering around town and surrounding areas. (They may still be wondering why that silver Edge was driving all over the place!) 🙂
      Very nice town and one immediately gets the sense of community that is present there.

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