Thursday, November 3, 2011

Chester, Illinois

Chester, Illinois is sited on a bluff high above the Mississippi River, with two long valleys on either side of the downtown, built along the ridge line.Buildings sit right on the edge of the bluff, such as this church.I am amazed at how close the church is to the edge of the hill.I was surprised at how little development there was around the courthouse, which apparently was demolished for a 1970's modern building.Below is a building from the 1850's, presumable one of the oldest buildings in the town.The jail below is a remarkable little structure that has a castle-like look to it.
The downtown was quiet on Sunday afternoon, but the buildings are relatively intact, if a bit worn.

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