I finally spent some time in Cleveland, Ohio. I have a great interest in the rust belt, and scenes from the American Industrial Revolution and the heyday of American industry, so Cleveland has been on my list for a while. There’s some beautiful architecture and some interesting sights to behold.
View from the Lake Erie shore – the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is on the left
Eagle Avenue Bridge – a “vertical lift” bridge not in use
Rust on the Eagle Avenue Bridge
The house from “A Christmas Story”!
Awesome structural elements on the 3rd floor of abandoned Cedar Avenue Powerhouse
Catwalk view from Cedar Avenue Powerhouse
View from Inside Cedar Avenue Powerhouse
Another vertical lift bridge
Downtown view along the Cuyahoga River at Settler’s Point – Veterans Memorial Bridge on the right
I visited Chicago for a night, and it was mostly a social visit with my cousin, but I did get a bit of photography in. I decided to call this post Chicagoland instead of Chicago just so I could get the picture of Gary, Indiana in without making another post.
Looking down Interstate 290 from Ashland Avenue – you can see the L train line and the Willis Tower, formerly Sears Tower
I had a nice walk along the Chicago River. The Trump building is most prominent.
The lines of the L train tracks on 63rd Street on the South Side of Chicago intrigued me.
I loved the Keep Out sign by this Norfolk Southern train in Gary, Indiana.
After almost a week in Des Moines, I drove east to Chicago between an afternoon and a morning. I wasn’t feeling overly inspired but got a few shots off that I want to share.
I found this doorway in Grinnell, Iowa interesting
Kaiser car sitting amongst some farm equipment in Tama, Iowa
This barn with murals on at least 3 sides was so cool! I love the American Gothic replica
I wasn’t sure what to think about going to take pictures of the bridges of Madison County, but I enjoyed it. I tried to really check out the structures from as unique perspectives as I could. In general the entire Des Moines area had interesting things to check out. Maybe I’ll go back again for the State Fair some day.
Des Moines River Dam and bridge – the State Capitol Building can be seen in the distance
Hogback Bridge in Madison County
Under side of the Holliwell Bridge in Madison County
Reflection of the Roseman Bridge in the Middle River
Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines – founded in 1848
Iowa Fair Grounds in Des Moines
I’m pretty sure I made a post named “Across the heartland” last year, but it’s really fitting, so I’m going with it again. This time heading out of Denver I took a different route east, focusing on Nebraska and Iowa, although I did go through Kansas briefly.
Appears to be an old farm house – Woodrow, Colorado
Typical scene on the east-west state and US Highways in the middle of the country – this is Wheeler, Kansas
Trains, all day, every day. This is in Trenton, Nebraska
Baseball field in Indianola, Nebraska
Cows grazing in Holdrege, Nebraska
Inside of a long abandoned building for Central Grain company in Central City, Nebraska
This door in Central City doesn’t appear to have been opened recently
Theater in Central City, Nebraska
Kracl and Son Garage in Rogers, Nebraska
Unused Valley Grove District Church in Nebraska
Old farm building in Harlan, Iowa
As I drove across Indiana and Ohio, my fascination with older structures continued, and here are a few.
Barn with a classic Mail Pouch Tobacco ad, in rural Indiana
This house in Ohio has seen better days, but for some reason I found it to be kind of beautiful
Old Factory in Springfield, Ohio
Barn quilts are becoming popular ways to add some distinction to a barn
I find it kinda funny that Kentucky is directly east of Missouri, and Missouri is not “the south” but Kentucky is. Anyway, what started out an overcast day with potentials for big storms turned out to be a beautiful day, and I enjoyed the drive from St. Louis to Owensboro, Kentucky.
Old Shawneetown, Illinois - arguable the oldest town in Illinois
Beautiful blue Kentucky sky - and lots of other colors too
Queue up the John Denver music for these kinds of roads
Not much use for this bridge anymore I guess
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that I hit a lot of rain going from Denver, Colorado to Saint Louis, Missouri around the middle of March. It’s good for the crops and the plants though, so I’m trying to think positively about it. I was able to capture a few photos that show a bit of what I saw and experienced, and I hope you enjoy them.
Apparently nothing at this small farm in northeast Colorado is needed anymore
Train lines and dirt roads - near the Nebraska / Colorado line - no surprise there!
In the brief time I was in Nebraska, I was intrigued by the Equity lettering on thie granary
Near Phillipsburg, Kansas, this old house looks like it was once beautiful
Behind the Central Plains Coop in Smith Center, Kansas
The Gateway Arch in St Louis, alongside the Mississippi River
The past beauty, and potential future beauty of St Louis is seen everywhere - this is Tower Grove Park
I’m not going to get into the technical definitions of the North Side vs the South Side of Chicago. All I know is that the last time I went to Chicago I stayed in the northern section of downtown, and this time, I was a few miles south of the major tourist attractions. (You can see my photos from my previous visit here)
After a long few days on my feet, I decided to soldier on and walk a few miles up the shore of Lake Michigan, but I didn’t make it very far without getting tired. That’s when I looked up and saw how beautiful the clouds were by the marina. After that, I slowly walked back to my hotel, and discovered the walking bridge over Lake Shore Drive. Plus, as luck would have it, my view from my hotel room was pointing south, which I enjoyed, as the refineries off in the distance always fascinate me. All in all, I enjoyed how my location forced me to look at downtown Chicago in a different way.
Marina near Lake Michigan
View of Chicago from walkway behind McCormick Place
View from the 30th floor of the Hyatt at McCormick Place
Cottonwood, South Dakota – a roadside town with a population of 12. The creepiest part is that I didn’t see any of the 12!