I have been visiting the haunted bridges of Madison County, Illinois, lately. These bridges are locally known as The 7 Gates of Hell. The Gates are railroad bridges where the railroad tracks intersect with local country roads in Madison County, near Collinsville, about 15 miles east of St Louis, Missouri. There are lots of local haunts associated with The Gates and they can be spooky if you visit them at night. You can read my webpage dedicated toThe (Haunted) Bridges of Madison County here: Link.
Here is a link to my Google Map of the 7 Gates of Hell: Link.
My Dad grew up on a farm in central Nebraska near the town of Ord. It is hard to imagine the differences in the quality of life that he has lived through. Growing up with an outhouse, no electricity, no running water, and no easy transportation to town is a much different life than any of us who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s experienced. Yesterday he sent me some great photos of the Marshall homestead. Some are from the 1880s, some from the early 1900s, and some from the late 1900s. They are pretty incredible photos that highlight life in those times. Please click on the below thumbnail to go to the gallery I constructed to house these photos. I will be posting more as I receive them.
A few days ago I launched the CultureScapes website to try to capture as much of this type of cultural landscape documentation as possible. You can see the CultureScapes website at: