Another Small Town outside of Siouxland, Morrison, IL

26 Oct

Downtown Morrison, Illinois August 29, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A home under renovation along Hwy. 30 in Morrison, Illinois August 29, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

In my youth my family would drive through the community of Morrison, IL on our way to visit relatives using Hwy. 30 which then was a major thoroughfare before the advent  of the many expressways built after the early 1960’s. It has a county courthouse and the county fair is held there. I also remember the grand homes that could be seen on the hill bordering Rte. 30 as vehicles made their way through town. The homes are still there and now that so many years have passed a few are undergoing some renovation. It’s nice to see they have survived and have not been torn down and replaced. The town began in the latter 1800’s and named for a wealthy merchant. And by becoming the county seat with the courthouse made certain the community would grow and survive.

Downtown Morrison, Illinois August 29, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A home on the hill along Hwy. 30 in Morrison, Illinois August 29, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A home along Hwy. 30 in Morrison, Illinois August 29, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The older homes still carry the elegance of the time period they originally were built. Appearing on the hill overlooking the downtown area and more than likely occupied by the the wealthier merchnants of the day. Many homes appear to retain their original character. Bot over time like older brick buildings that went up in the 19800’s and 1900’s, the expertise and construction cost for their material has also grown.

A home along Hwy. 30 in Morrison, Illinois August 29, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Landscaped home along Hwy. 30 in Morrison, Illinois August 29, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I know reading and seeing photos of residences and communities in the East like Boston and others in New York state, there the buildings are maintained and preserved. The Midwest being settled later came to that party later and while it might be possible in larger communities like Chicago or St. Louis, smaller communities can struggle to preserve these homes and commercial properties. A sign of the past that gives a little inkling of what came before present day and a look of life after the first influx of settlers who cleared the land and created those places or communities we now call home.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A home along Hwy. 30 in Morrison, Illinois August 29, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A home along Hwy. 30 in Morrison, Illinois August 29, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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