nav bar

Image Map

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Walk Through Muddy, IL

Will & I spent Thanksgiving with his side of the family in Muddy, IL. That's where his dad grew up and his grandmother still lives. Muddy is such a small town (population 70), but I always look forward to going just to relax. Usually you don't have much phone service and definitely no 3G or wireless...and that's a good thing to be without for a few days. Although I missed being with my family this Thanksgiving, I love being able to spend time with the Kassner's in Muddy. 

Ready for a history lesson??

Being that there's not really anything "to do" in Muddy, Will and I decided to go on a photo walk one day. Muddy is an old coal mining town. The town was born in 1880 when Slovakian immigrants came to work in the coal mines. The houses in Muddy were meant to house the coal miners. You'll see some pictures of the mining tipple that still stands in Muddy. (I learned what the word tipple means this weekend)




This photograph is from the 1920's of the tipple in Muddy. 


And here it is today. Neat, huh?












This was some creepy house behind the tipple. We both felt like we were walking into a scary movie in that house.






Cool fact: This post office was the smallest in the U.S. until 2002. Will's grandmother and then his aunt were the postmasters here. 



We had no idea what this church used to be until I started researching for this post. Wellll, the Slovakian's who immigrated here all shared a common faith: Russian Orthodoxy. So this church was built in 1913 for the miners in Muddy, IL during that time. 






Awesome swing set in Mawmaw's backyard.


Weekend iPhone photos:


The drive home was a sunny one and sunglasses just don't do the trick...



After all the times I have been to Muddy with Will, I never knew it carried such a rich history. It is SUCH a small village that I would have never imagined it a bustling coal town. Just makes me appreciate Muddy a little more, I think! We had a great Thanksgiving weekend with family and hope that you did too! We have SO MUCH to be thankful for. Now this week Will is preparing for his 2nd St. Jude half marathon on Saturday. I'm excited to go watch him accomplish another goal! Happy Monday!

post signature

 




4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'll immediately grab your rss as I can't in finding your e-mail subscription link or e-newsletter service.
Do you have any? Kindly allow me realize in order that
I may just subscribe. Thanks.

My web-site: cash advance wichita ks

Anonymous said...

magnificent submit, very informative. I'm wondering why the other experts of this sector don't realize this.
You should continue your writing. I'm sure, you've a
great readers' base already!

Review my web site: palm readers

Anonymous said...

Good day I am so happy I found your web site, I really found you by error, while I was researching
on Google for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would
just like to say cheers for a tremendous post and a all round exciting blog (I also love the theme/design),
I don’t have time to read it all at the moment but I have bookmarked
it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I
have time I will be back to read a great deal more, Please do keep up
the superb b.

Here is my blog: low fee payday loans

Anonymous said...

Good day I am so happy I found your web site, I really found you by error, while I was researching on Google for
something else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say cheers for a tremendous post and a all round exciting blog
(I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time
to read it all at the moment but I have bookmarked it and also included your RSS feeds,
so when I have time I will be back to read a great deal
more, Please do keep up the superb b.

Here is my web page - low fee payday loans
my page > payday loan lenders only

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...