Ashmore Estates Damaged by Second Storm

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[Mysteriousheartland.com] On Sunday, June 7, 2015, a powerful storm tore through eastern Coles County, Illinois, home to Ashmore Estates. The former almshouse and hospital for the developmentally disabled was directly in the storm’s path and sustained heavy damage to its new roof. The damage included a total loss to the portion of the roof over […]

Rain, Wind, and Woe: The Flatwoods Ghost Train, Part 2

Site of McCormick's Trestle in 1924.  These are the concrete pillars that were put in at a later date.  The east side of the roadbed has washed out considerably since the line was abandoned in the early 1980s.

By John D. Bybee Originally published in 2012 in the Astoria South Fulton Argus, reprinted with permission from the author. Read Part 1 here. At the apex of the hailstorm, residents reported a cyclone cloud passed. After the hail stopped, the super cell lashed the town with high winds and a deluge of rain that […]

Rain, Wind, and Woe: The Flatwoods Ghost Train, Part 1

Engine of Train #193 wrecked.

By John D. Bybee Originally published in 2012 in the Astoria South Fulton Argus, reprinted with permission from the author. In South Fulton County, Illinois, if one drives south of Vermont and heads west on County Highway 35 and glides past the David and Norma Brockley farm and then hooks a left onto the narrow […]

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