For several hundred years, people have told stories of giant birds who have wing spans of over thirty feet that are able to whisk away animals in an instant. These large birds have been called “Thunderbirds” by some Native Americans because the wings of these large birds are said to make a thunderous crack as they stir the air. In conjunction with these stories, the Native Americans also have plenty of stories of young children being carried away by these giant birds; but, they’re not the only ones who have stories of these Thunderbirds.
French explorer Pere Marquette made note of a petroglyph near Alton, Illinois depicting an indian warrior who had successfully slain one of these large beats, known as Piasa or “bird that devours man” in that area of Illinois. Marquette described this petroglyph in journal entries from 1673. These historic sightings aren’t the only known records of such large birds. Some of these Thunderbird sightings have been as recent as 2002. Continue reading →
The advent of the 1920′s brought about many changes in post WWI America, one of which was the rapidly growing fascination with automobiles. As more people became car owners, the need for roads linking major cities became apparent, and two men conceived the idea to build a ‘super highway’ that would connect all the way from Chicago Illinois to Los Angeles California. Construction on the road began in 1926, and there was some indecision at first as to what to number the route. Eventually it was decided after the initial names of Rt 60 and 62 that the highway would be termed Route 66.
The historic route has certainly had its interesting stops along the way, and much of it in Illinois can still be enjoyed along its remains. One of these places is in the small town of Lincoln and it has a history that goes back further than the inception of the “mother road” which runs through this area. Continue reading →
For those of you who are looking for the lighter side of Halloween, I can tell you from experience that corn mazes are fun. There’s one about an hour north of where I live that a friend and I went to last year. They had a quiz that guided you through the maze. If you got the answer right, your turn was correct. If it was wrong, you got lost. There was also a lil cown train that rode around for the kidlets as well as a play area for them. Best of all was the pumpkin guns that you could pay to shoot off. They were fun too!!
I decided to dig up another list of 10 corn mazes around the country for your enjoyment:
If you’re the adventurous sort and are interested in finding a good (man-made) haunted house to visit this year, we offer the following list of haunted houses. Please note that these were randomly chosen from searching online.
1. Cutting Edge (Ft. Worth, TX) 2009 World Record Holder for being the biggest haunted house
Now for part two of the strangeness I have called home for the last forty (something) years. This edition of Troy Taylor’s “Weird Illinois” takes us to the town of Kewanee and the man who created a landmark that was ahead of its time and a legacy that will not be soon forgotten.”No one can be profoundly original who does not avoid eccentricity.” Andre Maurois Continue reading →