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!