Barns & Homes to Photograph
Posted in the Collinsville Forum
#1 May 12, 2012
I am an amateur photographer and a few of the things I love to photograph are old barns and decaying homes.
I have been for little drives through the Collinsville area and I was wondering if anyone knows locations of some old barns or houses! I'd love any tips I could get.
Since: Mar 12
#2 May 12, 2012
just drive off on the backroads tons of old barns and farm houses take lebonan rd and keep going all around there
#3 May 12, 2012
Maybe you could document the oldest structures in the area. Most are in danger of being demolished. In St. Clair county in particular, there are a lot of real early structures in danger.
One of the earliest structures remaining in this part of the state was/is at the intersection of Jefferson Road and Rt. 4 south of Mascoutah on the west side of the road. The original house was a one room brick building and was demolished in about 2006. The remaining house is from about 1800, give or take 10 years.
The ruins of one of the earliest jails in the state still stands at the east side of Bluff Road just south of Waterloo. The roof is gone, but the stone structure and jail door are still there. Speaking of Jails, If you go to Brussels, they're still using their old one. It's a metal shack right next to a bar. No hear or air. That area is very old, but has some preservationists living around there. The land was parceled out to pay soldiers for fighting in the revolutionary war.
Back to Waterloo, it is generally the home of a bunch of wannabe socialites. New homes abut the old houses and barns off Sand Banks Road, which cuts off Bluff Road right outside of town. That spot was settled and some of the barns and all built before the revolutionary war. If you go the other way, out Davis Ferry Road, you will see "undiscovered" indian mounds. You can't see them from the satellite on google maps, but you can see the footprint of previously demolished buildings including a couple of more "undiscovered" forts. Hint: They weren't square.
I say "undiscovered" in quotes, because people who want to raze shit know it's there.
If you want your photographs to have historic worth, this is a good cause.
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