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Pool Hall, Camden, IL

Camden is in Schuyler County, where I live. I go through there at least one a week on my way to a favorite fishing pond. When the coal mine was still up and running 7 years ago, the town still had a cafe open every morning. Now it's a ghost town. There is an in-home hair studio and across the street from that, the Post Office (all general delivery), town hall and a Pepsi Machine. Less than 50 people live there. Right on the main street is this tall thin building painted the stangest green color you've ever seen. It's hard to even imagine it looking good at one time. My friend Rob grew up in this town and tells me the green building was a pool hall as long as he could remember. He recalls them serving cold beer and soda from a cooler behind the counter and there was a cigarette machine where you could get a pack of smokes for 75 cents. There were 12 pool tables with flourescent lights over each one. The cue racks lined the walls and you got your set of balls from behind the counter. It cost a dollar to play for an hour. Rob's dad, Alvin can remember back in the 50's when the place was a cafe with rooms upstairs for rent.

Green Building

2nd Floor Window

Former Purpose

Tattered Curtains

Door Pull

A Peek Inside

All That's Left

Wander

Comments

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cuddles
Oct. 18th, 2004 02:25 pm (UTC)
Wander you long haired hippie! If I've told you once I've told you a thousand times: Stop taking pictures of my house and putting them on the internet! LoL.

Later

Cuddles
wander
Oct. 18th, 2004 02:27 pm (UTC)
It's not too far gone from a couple places I've lived as well.

Wander
cuddles
Oct. 18th, 2004 02:36 pm (UTC)
Dude if you make it down here again I'll show ya the place I'm staying at now. I aint got that bad of digs here man and my roommates are nice.

Later

Cuddles
wander
Oct. 18th, 2004 02:38 pm (UTC)
I'll be out around the holidays. I'll make an attempt to get down your way. Deb may be with me and she's got a little social anxiety going on right now so we'll have to see.

Wander
cactus_jess
Oct. 18th, 2004 02:48 pm (UTC)
awesome pics.
what a cool place.
i love the quilt-- of course, i'm a quilt junkie!
wander
Oct. 18th, 2004 02:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah and it's just sitting there out in the middle of nowhere. Funny the things people leave behind.

Wander
aditu
Oct. 18th, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
What neat pictures. I love old houses and buildings. I think the exterior pictures are my favorites.
wander
Oct. 18th, 2004 03:42 pm (UTC)
You should take some up ther eand post them. I'm sure the look of the countryside is completely different than here.

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aditu
Oct. 18th, 2004 05:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah I need to put some of the pictures up from the trip here. Gotta get them off the laptop, and get Sean's server up again.
ryl
Oct. 18th, 2004 05:49 pm (UTC)
That reminds me, I need to put up the pictures of the old general store-looking building I took yesterday. There's lots of old abandoned farm buildings on my road. Most of them are hidden behind massive overgrowth right now.
wander
Oct. 19th, 2004 07:50 am (UTC)
It's just so fun to explore things like that. I find myself doing a lot more of it now. Places I would have always just looked at as I passed by, I'm stopping at.

Wander
dilvalicious
Oct. 18th, 2004 05:50 pm (UTC)
again, amazing photos!

I wish I could find such great places to explore as you!
wander
Oct. 19th, 2004 07:52 am (UTC)
Look around. I'm just in a small farming community but it has history going back a couple hundred years. I'm sure your community must have some interesting finds as well. Take some drives out into the country and see.

Wander
dilvalicious
Oct. 19th, 2004 07:53 am (UTC)
yeah, we should... sadly though, it is getting colder out

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wander
Oct. 19th, 2004 10:25 am (UTC)
Oh don't tell me about cold. It was 34 degrees Saturday when I headed into town. It was like 80 only two weeks ago. EEK.

Wander
dilvalicious
Oct. 19th, 2004 10:27 am (UTC)
you would think living in canada for 30 years, I would be used to the cold...but nope!

NEVER!
wander
Oct. 19th, 2004 10:38 am (UTC)
I always swear one day I'll leave the midwest again but then Spring and Summer are so nice here, I always forget about it.

Wander
kittles
Oct. 18th, 2004 07:35 pm (UTC)
I like that place. It has character. My favorites among the photos are the door pull (great pic) and the tattered curtains.
wander
Oct. 19th, 2004 08:23 am (UTC)
It's one of those buildings you take for granted being there. But I'll really miss it if a tornado takes it out or if someone decides to tear it down.

I liked your "walk" pictures and want to see more from you young lady. The semi-nude gun totin pics are fine (well more than just fine) but I want to see your environment.

Wander
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