Driving down Washington Street in Peoria, Illinois, you’ll come across this tall fiberglass statue. Known locally as “Vanna Whitewall” (also Miss Uniroyal, or the Uniroyal Gal), it sits outside the Peoria Plaza Tire.

Displaying a classic pageboy style haircut, she’s been greeting motorists since 1968, and was even hit by a car in 2005. Some say she’s modeled after Jackie Kennedy Onassis. In warmer months she sports a bikini. According to the Peoria Journal-Star, the statue’s owners have her insured for $25,000.

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 Indiana

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.

Illinois Wind Farm

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.

Springfield, Illinois

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

Autumn in Illinois

The leaves were in full Fall mode so I ventured over to the water tower in Peoria Heights, Illinois to take in the view.

In downtown Des Moines for a meeting. During lunchtime, I walked down to the Pappajohn Sculpture Park for a look around on a rainy October day.