Christi and I made our get away this Memorial Day weekend to Pontiac Illinois. Last year we took a Route 66 trip from Joliet to Tulsa, and we were impressed with the wall murals and the town of Pontiac. Hence, this desire to return to spend more time.
The wall murals in Pontiac are real cool. The museums there are the best. The swinging bridges unique. I have to say, with the artist we have in NW Indiana, and wall murals by Felix Flex Maldonado (among others), one has to ask one's self why in the world would you ever leave NW Indiana? Answer: There is life outside Indiana, believe it or not.
To go out and see is to go out and learn. Experiencing life in all it's grandeur is how you become appreciative, even for the life back at home. Yes, I have a lot that I can photograph out my "back door" as it were. Though I do see the world, even the universe should I get that chance, as my photography studio. People of all kinds. Cultures of all kinds. Cities of all kinds. This big blend all has a uniqueness that I want to find. That uniqueness is what creates the rifts that make you go "nice", "ah huh", "beautiful", "wow". This give and take is what makes life real. I want that in my photography.
Here are some photos of our round robin trip to Pontiac, IL, with a quick jont to Urbana and our trip back home through Odell. I hope you enjoy this and find some interest to go check it out on your own at some point in your life. The first couple of photos are from our stop at the Polka-Dot Drive In, in Braidwood Illinois.
The 1906 jail in Gardner. This time Bubba was behind bars, and next to a restaurant (now museum).
Behind the museums is a small parking lot. It is lined with buildings and murals that are really cool, along with a bus.
Another one of the swinging bridges. I guess they do swing if you were to make it. What they do well is to bob up and down as people walk across. Christi did get a little dizzy.
One of the last swinging bridges . . .
The war museum is the best I have seen. It is packed with history dating as far back as WWI I believe. You can tell that the people who support the museum are enthusiasts because of the quality of the displays, including the model airplanes. (It would be difficult to have a real one in there.)
I also have to say, this particular war museum is very special. You have to go through it to understand why.
Just NW of Pontiac is Humiston Woods Nature Center. All 355 acres of it! We attempted to hike it given there was a good breeze to keep us cool. We did not get too far.
The "Daily Leader" is Pontiac's local news media that covers the communities of Pontiac, Fairbury, Chenoa, El Paso, and Dwight Illinois. When we took our Route 66 trip last year, I recalled the imagery on the side of the building, however just photographed one side. I saw this time that there is an "evolution" to news that wraps around the building in this imagery that is pretty cool.
The second photo fits in here because of the first photograph of both the Daily Leader and the Pontiac Museum Complex. This is the museum complex that houses the Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum, the Livingston Co. War Museum, the Walldogs Mural & Sign Art Museum, the Bob Waldmire Exhibit, and the Music of the Civil War Exhibit.
There are also many more shops and points of interest to see, that Christi, Bubba and I did not see. You can click "here" to see a map of everything. Pontiac is definitely worth a day trip. You may find it even more enjoyable to make it an overnighter, so that you can spend a relaxing time.
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