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. 🙂