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December 9, 2011

Dog Days in the Heartland – August 13_19, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — wally426 @ 6:48 pm

A few months ago, my father, brother and I took a 3,500 mile trip through the Midwest. As we got further from New York, the sights became more and more foreign. One was a huge truck filled with cattle on their way to the slaughterhouse. The poor things were trying to get out by any means necessary…

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Greener pastures – Champaign, IL

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Old Post Rd

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Barn’d

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SighLow

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The Back roads of Champaign had all kinds of forgotten places… 

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Honey>Home

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Better Days

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Environmentally Conscious

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Vyooless

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Friendly Reminder

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Mezzurs

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Road less traveled by

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Mooks

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Violencia

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Calm/Storm

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State Capitol Building – Springfield, IL

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Signs of the Midwest

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Keokuk, IA

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East St Louis was one of the craziest places I’d ever seen. If you could find people, they were finding ways to survive on the street or barely living. Everywhere you looked there was abandoned infrastructure. Most of the buildings must have been uninhabitable as most of the people we saw preferred taking their chances in shacks on the street. If you ever wondered what the apocalypse would look like, go here…

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A friendly game of cards

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My brother and I were going to head into this place, but some nearby residents warned us that the people in there weren’t exactly hospitable…

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HoboNashun

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Abandoned loading docks – N 1st St

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Da®ko

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Board to death

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Past is present

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ThruWá

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A-Block

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Always watching

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Shanty towns called Sparta, Wakesville and Hopeville had sprung up all along the abandoned waterfront. They had access to running water (below) and tapped into the electrical grid from the railroad tracks. From the looks of it, everything seemed to be up and running. They even had mailboxes and garbage collections for the city to manage…

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You have to be resourceful to live in East St. Louis…

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Cass Ave

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Looked like nobody lived in the houses that lined this alley

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Hadley Street

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Burnt-Out Church

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Not Happy

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View from the balcony

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Busch Stadium – The Rockies and soon-to-be-World-Champion Cardinals were playing a sunday night baseball game

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Looking South

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Waiting Game – Kansas City, MO

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Sunset over Kansas City, MO

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In case you were wondering…

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Coronado Heights, Linsborg, KS

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My father went to school out here. Seeing how small this town was, it must have taken years to recover from all the damage he caused. Him and his band of fellow New Yorkers would storm the highest point in the area – Mt. Coronado. Seeing him clear the cobwebs after 38 years away from Linsborg was quite a sight… as was the view from his old mountain…

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Looking south from the Heights

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Arkansas was one of the flattest places I’ve ever seen. We drove past hundreds of miles of flat fields with grasshoppers bobbing lazily for oil. Made me miss the city!

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Shanendoah National Park

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The deer were pretty brash, walking within feet of you without blinking an eye

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Before the Rains

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Sunrise

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