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Along the Oregon Coast, between Astoria and Seaside, lies Fort Stevens State Park. One of the more interesting spots in the shipwreck of the Peter Iredale. It ran ashore in 1906 and you can walk right up to the rusted hull.

Decided to get up early and take a drive along the southern Maine coast. Leaving Manchester, New Hampshire, I headed over to Interstate 95 which becomes the Maine Turnpike. I exited on to US Highway 1 and then took 1A through York Harbor, York Beach, and Cape Neddick. After that, I headed back to US Highway 1 until it came to Maine Highway 5 and that took me into Old Orchard Beach…. Read More

At 18 miles, New Hampshire has the shortest ocean coastline of any U.S. state. However, that 18 miles is beautiful and easy to explore. I started my morning in Hampton Beach, a fun town to spend at the beach. The waves were a little larger today due to a disturbance out in the ocean. After that, I headed north on New Hampshire Route 1A, stopped by Rye, and then headed to Odiorne… Read More

Making my way from Effingham, Illinois to Peoria, Illinois, I drove the “long” way and passed through the towns of Vandalia and Hillsboro. Vandalia served as the state capital of Illinois from 1819-1839. Interestingly, Abraham Lincoln, then a state legislator, argued for a move of the capital to Springfield. Walking some of the streets I came across an abandoned theater–sad to see. Hillsboro features a nice courthouse square with a Lincoln statue.

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.