2020 Roadtrip to Effingham County Illinois on June 26th

My visit

I've decided that I like the "County Roadtrip" idea. When I plan the roadtrip, I have been keeping all of the "sites" specific to one county at a time. During this roadtrip, I focused on Effingham County, Illinois. Part of the "County Roadtrip" is to photograph the Courthouse. Effingham County has two Courthouses, but I am more focused on the historical Courthouse, so that is the one that I photographed. The "old" Courthouse is now the County Museum. Click here to see my Illinois Courthouse pic gallery!

General Info (from www.enjoyillinois.com/explore/listing/effingham-county-courthouse)

The Effingham Country Courthouse Museum features displays on the military, Effingham County railroads and Effingham County history. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The courthouse was built in 1871 after Effingham was named the county seat. The courthouse retains a pristine exterior and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also features a museum inside. The museum displays two rooms devoted to the military, which gets changed throughout the year. It also has a room dedicated to the railroads in Effingham County. The Effingham County Courthouse is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March through October. The Courthouse Museum hosts several events throughout the year, including the annual Old Settler's Reunion.

My visit

While researching things to see while I was in Effingham County Illinois, I came across the "Cross at the Crossroads". It is an interesting place, and I would encourage anyone who likes roadside attractions to check it out. It is the largest cross in America. Click here to see the Illinois Roadtrip Pics gallery.

General Info (from www.roadsideamerica.com/story/10913)

Lording over Interstate highways 57 and 70, the "Cross at the Crossroads" was built for broadly noble religious reasons -- and to out-size every other big American cross out there, especially the giant cross in Groom, Texas, which was both its inspiration and its toughest competition.

198 feet tall and 113 feet wide, forged out of over 180 tons of steel anchored in untold fathoms of cement, the cross can withstand winds hurled by evilest of forces at up to 145 mph. Its stark, slab-sided design conveys the corporate utility of a logo -- no distracting crucifixion blandishments, just the plainest symbol of Christianity. The structure also conjures aspects of the World Trade Center towers, which came crashing down in 2001 less than three months after the cross went up. 

Address: W. Knagge Rd, Effingham, IL

Directions: I-57 exit 159. Drive east toward Effingham, then make a quick right onto Raney St. Drive south for one mile, then turn right onto Pike Ave.

Click here to learn more!

My visit

I have a blog devoted to the TREC Trail, but in case you missed it, I will put the info here also! 

It had been awhile since I had done a "County Roadtrip". The TREC Trail is part of my Effingham County, Illinois Roadtrip. Tracy joined me for this hike. It is hike #28 of 2020. It is a paved trail, so I guess you could say it is a bit of a stretch to call it a hike. I'm not really too particular about those details. If it is a path that we can walk on and get exercise, then it counts!

The weather was warm and humid. It was also a full sun day. That makes for ugly pictures (in my opinion). I know now that I am not crazy about urban trail systems. I guess it is the country girl in me, but I really prefer dirt trails out away from the sounds of traffic.

This trail goes over top of I-70. This was the highlight of the trail for me. I've never walked over top of an interstate. It was interesting (to say the least)! Of course, we took a selfie!

General Info(from http://trectrails.com/our-story/history)

In 2005, TREC partnered with the Effingham County Board to complete a master plan for a recreation trail system in Effingham County, which was funded through a $20,000 grant awarded by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

After information was collected and a study was conducted, a plan was created to develop a trails program that would include 30 miles of free access bicycling and walking trails in the county, which would in turn link smaller communities in the county together by an alternative route of travel geared toward bikers and hikers.

Since the time of the initial study in 2005, TREC has completed the first phase of its project, which opened nearly three miles of recreational trails for public use from U.S. 40 to West Evergreen Avenue and from that portion of the trail to Nazarene Church Road. TREC continues to support the construction of additional trails to extend the first phase of the project. Click here for a map of the trail.

My visit

One of my ongoing photography challenges is to photograph as many of the churches in Illinois as I can. I traveled to several different towns within Effingham County in order to capture some of the most historic Churches. I also have added the Nationally Registered Historic Places within each county to my list of places to photograph. Effingham County Illinois has two places which have been recognized on the list. These are the Old Effingham County Illinois Courthouse and the Dr. Charles M. Wright House in Altamont. The hospital just caught my eye! You can see all of my Illinois Roadtrip Pics by clicking here. If you are interested in the Illinois Church pic gallery, click here.

General Info

St. Aloysius Catholic Church is located at 19812 E 1000th Ave, Dieterich, IL 62424.

Centenary United Methodist Church is located at 203 E Grove Ave, Effingham, IL 62401.

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church is located at 101 E. Virginia Ave, Effingham, IL 62401.

First Presbyterian Church is located at 600 W Temple Ave, Effingham, IL 62401.

St. Clare Catholic Church is located at 216 N 9th St, Altamont, IL 62411.

St. John's Lutheran Church is located at 901 W Jefferson Ave, Effingham, IL 62401.

St. Mary's Catholic Church is located at 116 W Adams St, Taylorville, IL 62568.

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 2293 E US Highway 40, Altamont, IL.

Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 206 W Main St, Shumway, IL 62461.

St. Francis Catholic Church is located at 203 N Main St, Effingham, IL 62401.

Saint Anthony's Memorial Hospital is located at 503 N Maple St Effingham, IL 62401.

Effingham County Museum (Old Courthouse) is located at 100 E. Jefferson Ave., Effingham, IL 62401.

Dr. Charles M. Wright House is located at 3 W Jackson Ave, Altamont, IL 62411.

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