Exploring America State by State

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Lost In Illinois

I am happy to announce my latest book Lost In Illinois has been published on Amazon HERE. I traveled all over the “Land of Lincoln” exploring small towns, large cities, back roads and farmland. I did about 4000 miles this summer visiting strange and historic places including cemeteries, parks and historic sites. I like to

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Lost In Indiana Book

I am proud to announce that my new book Lost In Indiana is now available on Amazon HERE. Lost In Indiana is not your average travel book and more than just a list of places to visit. Mike Sonnenberg (Author of Lost In Michigan) tells stories of strange and historic locations in the Hoosier State

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The Clifton Mill

In the heart of the Miami Valley in Ohio is the small town of Clifton. It is mostly known for the historic mill powered by the Little Miami River. Along with the mill, the town has many other old buildings and an interesting history. The river flowing for eons has cut through the earth, making

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The Kansas City Castle

Standing proudly in Kansas City, Kansas, Sauer Castle isn’t your typical Midwestern abode. This Italianate masterpiece, built between 1871 and 1873, boasts a rich history and architectural grandeur. Designed by renowned architect Asa Beebe Cross for Austrian immigrant Anton Sauer, the castle was a symbol of his success and love for his wife, Francesca. They

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The Carhartt Ruins

The ruins of an old mansion stand in the woods along a mountain bike path in northern South Carolina. The town of Rock Hill, South Carolina is south of Charlotte, North Carolina. A century ago it was a booming textile town and was the reason why this mansion was built. It was constructed in 1930s

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The Watseka Wonder

At the north end of Watseka, Illinois is a large brick two-story home. It looks like an ordinary midwestern house, but a story from its past makes people wonder what secrets the walls contain. In 1877, Mary Lurancy Vennum was born near the town of Watseka. At the age of thirteen, she had trouble sleeping

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The Two Story Outhouse

Maybe you’ve heard the saying, “as dumb as a two-story outhouse.” Among the trees, in Cedar Lake, in central Michigan, is a tall historic two-story wooden outhouse. It is a replica of an historic outhouse that sat on the property but had collapsed a few years ago due to decay and neglect. The original two-story

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A Tombstone for a Town

Elkinsville Road winds its way deep into the Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana. Near the end of the road you will find an old barn and a stone marker for “The Town That Was”. It stands like a tombstone for the town of Elkinsville. The town was founded in 1860 by William Elkin. The

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The Old Church in Michigan

This old wooden church stands quietly next to the road south of Saginaw, Michigan. A couple of hundred yards to the east is where the crosses over the Fairchild Creek, and that is where the town of Luce once stood. The town was given a post office in 1890 and it closed in January of

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The Falls and the Power Plant

The Kanawha River flows through the mountains of West Virginia and past the state capitol of Charleston. The river connects to the New River near the New River Gorge National Park. Route 60 winds its way along the Kanawha River and through the town of Glen Ferris. It is there that you will see the

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The Clinton Castle

Clinton Iowa sits along the Mississippi River between Davenport and Dubuque. North of town is Eagle Point Park. Standing in the park is a massive stone tower that has been given the name The Castle. It was constructed in hte 1930s by the Works Progress Administration as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal during the Great

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Athens Lunatic Asylum

The town of Athens, Ohio was chosen by the state for a facility to house mentally ill patients of southern Ohio. Built in 1867, the Athens Lunatic Asylum’s design and layout was influenced by Dr. Thomas Kirkbride. A prominent physician in the field of mental health, he had published a book on the proper design

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