Travel on the Side

Monthly Archives: November 2009

This is the former Peoria State Hospital, also known as Bartonville State Hospital, or the Illinois Asylum for the Incurable Insane. Located in Bartonville, Illinois, the main building (shown below) opened in 1902. The hospital closed in 1973. It’s reported to be haunted (of course).

Abandoned buildings fascinated me. I don’t always see them as eyesores. They are a window to the past. In Indiana, I’ve driven past plenty of derelict buildings. Two that stand out to me are the old Electric and Water Works building in Auburn, Indiana and the Jefferson Township School in Dover, Indiana.

Driving though rural Illinois, north of Peoria, when I stumbled across a wind farm. These have always fascinated me. Had to pull over and snap a few photos. This is the Camp Grove Wind Farm in Marshall County.

Drove over to Springfield, Illinois to take in all of the Abraham Lincoln sites, including the family home, plus the state capitol building.