this upcoming week is my hometowns 250th anniversary celebration- it’s still a baby! i haven’t even lived here for over nine years, but i love it with every fiber of my being. this is the place i grew up, the place i met hayes, where we got married! to be a part of this historic event is going to be so amazing! i was at the historical society last night, prepping it for its open house. while in their i snapped photos of some intriguing things- like that beef tonic that was made in my town! also that poster from the 150th anniversary celebration back in 1914, love.
if you guys are in the area on saturday for opening day, i’ll be on the common with the historical society booth. the united states post office made us a commemorative stamp to mark the occasion, and on saturday only(!) you can come to my booth to get anything you want stamped for free! we’ll be selling post cards if you want to stamp one of those- i plan on getting a shit ton of postcards stamped to send out to everyone i know! (if i have your address, you can bet you’ll be getting one..)
Caption: “The Illinois Central maintained a large roundhouse and repair facility for steam locomotives at its massive Markham Yard, located twenty-two miles south of downtown Chicago in Harvey and Homewood, Illinois.”
Photo by Jack Delano
Right of Way: A Guide to Abandoned Railroads in the United States
by Waldo Nielsen
"Among the things that man values most are space and time. Events in time come under the heading of history. Certainly the building of railroads and their ever westward movement with branches spreading out in all directions is a great part of the history of the United States. Their abandonment is also a part of the history of this country. perhaps abandonment has been premature in many case and one can conceive of reusing these roadbeds…"