November Challenge #4

The former Professional Building casts a shadow over silhouettes on the now abandoned Western Auto Store

Here it is — Built in 1905, once home to a Department Store, Doctors and Lawyers offices, a Bank, Chamber of Commerce and more

Short ride continues. . . . . .

One for Scott — Street Art

Jerky at the intersection of Market and Main streets

View East on Main Street today

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.

8 response to "November Challenge #4"

  1. By: Lah Posted: November 8, 2018

    Shooting while riding could be dangerous to your health! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Guess this just shows you are more able-bodied than I am. Is this the town you live in or have you traveled a bit to get there? Cool shadow pictures on the WA building.

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

      You are right about that — these were shots while stopped this time.
      Yes, this is the downtown area of the town I live in — or, whats left of it.
      The No Bicycles sign is a sort of anachronism — few people on the sidewalk now anyway — mostly empty stores.
      Yep, Western Auto, where back in the day, you could buy about any bicycle part you needed for American bikes, but not Schwinn.
      (That’s a Western Flyer bicycle purchased there under the sign.)

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: November 8, 2018

    Those streets with the abandoned buildings and architecture from the early 1900s have a lot of atmosphere for me. Thanks for posting.

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

      At one time, a long time ago, I found a web site from the University of Illinois architectural school that discussed those buildings and the styles etc — you think I can find it again? ๐Ÿ™
      They had photos of buildings on tours they had taken in various small towns and discussed the various styles.
      Maybe they took it down or Im just not looking in the right place.

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: November 8, 2018

    That definitely looks like small-town Illinois, Rich. But where is the grain elevator? To me, the older elevators have some of the most interesting architecture.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 9, 2018

      The downtown grain elevator is long gone, it was a tall concrete structure as I recall. (Illinois Lumber Grain and Coal)
      There is a huge ADM grain facility north of town along the railroad now — a few blocks north of Thompson Avenue you rode out of town to the east.
      The old classic elevator in Cheneyville is still there, one of the few remaining examples around here.

      PS: Forgot about the Pillsbury Elevator just south of Thompson at the tracks, its gone too.

  4. By: NancyG Posted: November 9, 2018

    I like the way that old โ€˜signโ€™ for Western Auto inscribed on the building can still be read. I really like those signs when I find them, and seldom find them now.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 9, 2018

      There is an old John Deere sign painted on the side of another building I will get a photo of — the wall also has bubbles for the laundromat located in that building now — might qualify as art. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Winter is throwing us a blast, might be a few days.

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