I have quite a few activities on the horizon, and will keep you abreast of what I learn at each event. As it stands right now, I will go to several events here at the end of July and one in September.
Next weekend, I will go on a field trip with some rock collectors from Durango, CO. While this is not explicitly an industrial archeology trip, interesting rocks and mining are so intertwined in this area, that I’m sure there will be something to see.
As soon as I am done with the field trip, I will drive east to Decatur, IL. On July 25-27, I will attend a chemical process safety workshop, hosted by ADM. I’m sure there will be a lot to talk about there as well.
In September, I am planning on attending the Society for Industrial Archeology (SIA) Fall Tour in Nashville, TN. I’ll have more details on that trip as September approaches.
Thank you for reading my post, and stay tuned, as I have been inspired to become more active in industrial archeology in the weeks to come.
On July 18, 2014, we passed through Cairo, IL, almost by accident. We were looking to take a different route from New Mexico to Pennsylvania, and we cut through Missouri, thinking we’d be in Kentucky next. However, there is a small peninsula of Illinois that had to be crossed to do so.
In this peninsula was the town of Cairo, which is mostly in ruins at this point.
We were way behind schedule, so we did not explore much. We did, however, stop and take a few photos of the Cairo Gate. This gate was used to be used for controlling flood waters around the town.
The idea was that this gate could be lowered, turning Cairo into an island instead of a wreck. However, this has not been used in many years.
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On 1/1/15, we drove to yet another Futuro House, this one in Danvers, IL. This particular Futuro House is on private property, and it is very clear that you are not allowed to drive up to the site. However, it is visible from a power line access road, marked on the map, but likely only in the winter when there are no leaves on the trees. Sorry for the poor quality photo, but it was the best I could do.
Also, I would like to acknowledge Sartenada, who has a wealth of information on the Futuro Houses and has commented several times on this blog. Thank you!!!
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