Sunrise

I’ve been thinking about a new project on old abandoned silos so I get up early this morning to scout around.  Of course, DeKalb county is where I’d like to center this project, so if anyone knows where there are … Continue reading

Visit to Galena

Galena, Illinois is another Midwest town with a lot of character and for the photographer is filled with eye candy. If you’re not familiar with Galena, I did a photo capsule of the town a few years ago here.  It’s … Continue reading

St Mary’s Glass

One of the many treasures of DeKalb is St. Marys Catholic Church. Back on May 9th, I posted on St Mary’s at 4th and Pine in DeKalb. At the time I remarked I really wanted to return to photograph the … Continue reading

St. Marys

The story of this church building began, in 1894, under the leadership of Father P.J. O’Connor. A bigger church, with room for 600 worshippers, was needed and in the Spring of 1899, the foundation was begun. Fr. James Solon (1899-1940) completed … Continue reading

Lothsons Revisited

A few weeks ago I did a post about this legendary Karry Out in a post titled Where Chicken is King   In that post I noted that I was uncertain as to the operating status of the restaurant at … Continue reading

What Time Are You Open

Merchants of DeKalb, want to increase your revenue?  I have 2 tips for you. 1)  Be Open for Business when your customers want to shop. 2) Get together and develop some consistent store hours. What you have now is one … Continue reading

Andys & McCabes
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Andys & McCabes is a building, actually 3 buildings, that holds some mystery and intrigue for me. The building was constructed in 1891. The original McCabes Lounge was a barber shop. In 1944 owner, James McCabe decided a tavern would … Continue reading

Nehring Insulated Wire Company

In your photographic vision quest around DeKalb, don’t forget to poke around the Industrial sections of town. There are a number of old factories that present photo ops and much like the town itself you are immediately transported to another … Continue reading

Issac Ellwood House

Issac Ellwood, bought into Joseph Glidden’s design for Barb Wire and the duo became mega-wealthy through the partnership.  The third principal mover and shaker in the Barb Wire world from that time was Jacob Harish.  The whole barbed wire movement … Continue reading

DeKalb Coaling Tower

On of the landmarks of DeKalb is the Coaling Tower.  Coaling Towers can be thought of as the gas stations for steam engines.       A simple process really. First, coal was hauled up to the bin by a … Continue reading