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America’s Lost Highway – Illinois’ U.S. Highway 66 now available on Google Maps

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Before the creation of Interstate 55, U.S. Highway 66 was the most heavily traveled highway in Illinois.  It cuts diagonally across the State between the great populations centers of Chicago and St. Louis.  Along its course are the State Capital and multiple State institutions.

Illinois’ U.S. Highway 66 on Google Maps

More free guides available at Autotrails.net

Forgotten Landmark–Site of General Wolfe Statue, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Site of General Wolfe Statue (Western corner of Cote du Palais and Rue St. Jean)

On the front of the large house which once stood here, stood a wooden statue of General Wolfe, which was originally put there in 1771 and which finally found a resting place there after many peregrinations in the early part of the present century. Carried off by English “middies” and men-of-war’s-men “out of a lark” to the West Indies and other places, it eventually found its way back to Quebec.

 

General Wolfe Statue Site

Threatened Landmark-Magma Hotel, Superior (AZ)

This grand old structure was also known as MacPherson’s Hotel Magma.  On the National Register of Historic Places since 1994, the Magma’s original concrete structure was constructed in 1912 by owner John M. MacPherson.  In 1916, the adobe addition, which is now collapsing, was added.  In 1923, the red brick two-story rectangular hotel section was constructed and connected to the adobe by a one-story lobby with a high ceiling.  The brick addition created a courtyard through which hotel guests entered.[i]


[i] “State of emergency declared as Magma’s adobe structure continues to crumble”; Cindy Tracy; Superior Sun, December 19th, 2007.

Lost Landmark-Great Western Coal & Coke Building, Wilburton (OK)

Great Western Coal & Coke Building, 701 E. Main Street, Wilburton, OK

The building was one of the last surviving coal company store buildings in southeastern Oklahoma. Built shortly after 1900 to house the company store and company offices, the building was the center of commercial activity for miners and their families. Social and religious functions were also held on the second floor for the multiethnic mining population that included Irish, English, Scottish, Italian, Slovakian and Lithuanian immigrants. The building served as a county courthouse until 1936 and since that time had been used as an armory, grocery store, furniture store, restaurant and discotheque.

According to Maryellen Mooney, Program Manager of Wilburton Main Street, Inc., “the building burned to the ground in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s”.  For additional information, Ms. Mooney’s contact information is provided below:

Maryellen Mooney, CMSM Program Manager WILBURTON MAIN STREET, Inc. PO Box 856 108 W. Main St., Wilburton, OK 74563 Phone: 918-465-2254 Fax: 918-465-2254

Lost Landmark-Albion State Bank Building, Albion (OK)

 

Photo courtesy of koknor

This structure was built in 1910.  By 1911, Albion had a population of 300 and a hotel and a general store.

Albion’s future commercial success seemed assured to the town’s businessmen, one of whom, John T. Bailey—who also named the town—built Albion State Bank in 1910. Bailey built the bank on the northwest corner of the public square—no longer extant as a square; it has been bisected by U.S. Highway 271—at the corner of Pearl Street. Bailey’s brother, Edgar Bailey, operated a dentist office in the rear two rooms.

Continued and enduring prosperity eluded Albion, however, and in approximately 1927 banker Bailey transferred the bank to Talihina, Oklahoma. The building remained empty until 1930, when J.M. (John Melvin)Armstrong, another prominent Albion businessman, purchased it and opened a grocery store. He closed the store in 1950, converting it into his family residence, where he lived until his death in 1963. His widow continued living there until her death in 1972.

In 1975 the building was purchased by Mrs. Lorene Barnett, who operated a succession of small businesses there. In 1979, at the time of an architectural survey, the building was vacant but in good condition. Its wood plank flooring was original, and also in good condition.

The building was a one story structure constructed of red brick in a rectangular footprint. It measured 40 feet long and 25 feet wide. The windows were originally arched. The interior ceilings were of pressed copper bearing a decorative design. The original bank vault painted with the words, “Albion State Bank” was mounted in a brick wall and was still present during the survey in 1979.

A water well dug in approximately 1933 was outside the back door.

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.  It was demolished after 1980.

Lost Landmark-Wheatland Railroad Depot, Wheatland (WY)

Photo courtesy of Wyoming Tales and Trails; http://www.wyomingtalesandtrails.com/wheatland.html

 

This structure was completed in 1895.  The depot closed in 1969.  The depot was the point of arrival
for most settlers and the point of departure for the area’s products; sugar beets, wheat, cattle and produces.  The
deterioration of the depot began with a train derailment during the 1960’s. A quick stop caused several empty ore cars to leap from the tracks, one colliding
with the bay. The brick was damaged and began to bulge. The area was covered with stucco. Until its closure, the depot was a focal point of commerce.[i]

After its listing in the National Register of Historic Places in 1996, the depot was torn down.


[i]
Wheatland Railroad Depot- National Register for Historic Places Inventory
Nomination Form; McClelland, Linda; 1996.

Lost Landmark: Dewey Bridge (UT)

 At Dewey, a tiny settlement of five or six log houses at the confluence of the Colorado and Dolores rivers, State Highway 128 once crossed a cable suspension bridge over the eddying Colorado River, here approximately 150 yards wide. The bridge was built in 1916.  In its prime, it was designed to support the weight of 6 horses, 3 wagons, and 9000 pounds of freight. It was significant for its outstanding engineering accomplishment and for its historical role as a vital transportation and commercial link connecting southeastern Utah with Colorado and other points east.  In the early decades of the Twentieth Century, Moab and other southeastern Utah towns were dependent on communities in western Colorado both for everyday supplies and for markets for their agricultural products.  This bridge, which spanned the formidable natural barrier of the Colorado River, was the first to provide a direct connection.  Dewey Bridge was Utah’s longest suspension bridge and, at the time of its construction, was the second longest suspension bridge west of the Mississippi.  It was also the state’s longest clear span bridge. 

The bridge burned in 2008.  The Grand County, Utah, sheriff’s department attributed the April 6th fire to a 6 year old boy. He was playing with matches when he sparked a wildfire near the Colorado River that quickly spread to the bridge.  The wooden bridge, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was virtually destroyed. The span was a familiar landmark for those who frequent the Moab area to take advantage of its slick rock mountain bike trails and other recreational pursuits.  Photos were taken in 2007.