Day 32: Illinois & Missouri Combo
It was a low volume day in terms of picturing taking. High volume in terms of coffee and snack consumption. Boredom dictated it. Lots of miles with few stops and plenty of one-photo towns in the southern tips of IL & MO. Tomorrow, probably more of the same – in pretty much the same type area. Plus a tiny bit of nearby TN. Less populated, more rural areas have far fewer of the subjects that I like to shoot. So this and the next post may be short. Unless I start shooting landscapes — naaaah.
Only four days left to shoot — then Sunday will be a hellish interstate day heading home. I’ll probably focus on southern IL & IN. No time to be thorough about them either. The rest of those stops and OH/KY will have to wait until next spring’s trip.
The day pretty much started in Collinsville, IL. Here are a couple shots from there. A colorful Independent Order of Odd Fellows sign:
I have a weakness for all things relating to coal mining. This building detail from the Miner’s Institute:
Although I got no feedback from anybody about the guy I shot with the motorized 4-wheeled bike thing, I will not be discouraged! In Belleville, IL, I made a big illegal U-turn for this woman and raced to catch up. She pulled into the McDonald’s and parked which made it easier than a motion shot. And a far better result with her pose and smile.
A couple signs from Belleville. Those are painted holes — how strange! Too bad about the altered text.
This sign has probably seen nine lives. Still a neat and weird doctor figure:
Snack time! I have never tried this classic candy. Although it was way overpriced, I went for it. How bad could anything with chocolate and marshmallow be? It turned out to be defective. I could barely open the wrapper since the contents of one of the candies had leaked out. The other one was fairly intact but the chocolate tasted stale. I give this one a D (also for disgusting). Or maybe I just had a bad batch.
Perhaps equally disgusting to you — though a normal part of my life. My eager passengers create a lot of window schmear with their noses. It’s really not as bad-looking as this — I just caught the glare right so you can see it. My side is perfectly clean. This is maybe two days worth — that’s what Fantastic and paper towels are for.
Let’s close with a little bit of a detective story. I have long wondered if there is anything left of the Greyhound station in Flat River, MO:
Turns out there’s nothing left of Flat River really since it’s become part of Park Hills now. But I got the scoop on where the building was from the Chamber of Commerce. So there you go: now a laundromat — its curved corners are the only thing left (nothing worth mentioning inside).
Here’s the same building design in Waverly, TN that I shot in 2007. Still there but repurposed as you can see. More photos & info about the bldg at my site here: