After nearly two weeks of sweltering hot and humid weather, a cold front has produced clear, cool, and way less humid air — a jacket actually felt good this morning as I rode around visiting a few remaining mansions here in town.  Several have either been demolished, or were the victims of fire over the years.

Pictured above is the Hoopes-Cunningham mansion.  Built by Thomas Hoopes who donated land for the town, and later owned by his niece and husband who modified the home with the three story turret.

Donald McFerren, son of prominent citizen and first mayor, built this mansion.  Currently owned by a neighbors brother who won an Illinois Lottery years ago.

Alba Honeywell, another of the cities founders, mansion was in this general area but no longer exists — the railroad asked to name their station for him, but he deferred, and hence the honor went to Thomas Hoopes.

The Dyer Mansion, heavily damaged by an arsonists fire — started on the second floor, burned through the third floor and did extensive roof damage not visible in this photo.  Vaguely resembles the mansion Greg showed in Hastings, MN.

Like the sweet little lady said in the car commercial a few years ago:  “Thats not a Buick!!”  (Yes, it was)

And thats not a mansion! No, it isnt — our first abode we rented.  🙂




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.

2 response to "Mansions"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: July 8, 2018

    Your architecture definitely reminds me of some places in McLean County.

    PS: My buddy RJ in Bloomington-Normal reported Thursday evening good riding weather would finally be arriving, so he got out for a long ride through the cornfields on Friday.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 8, 2018

      Prediction is, the heat and humidity return next week 🙁

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