Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Peoria Flood - 23rd April 2013

Peoria Flood - 23rd April 2013 - Update
I went back to dowtown last night 22nd April to take some more pictures of the flood. The River was at 29.3 ft. I also went back to the Ivy club, but could not park as the water was too high, The level was half way up the front door. Farther down the Illinois 29, the road is closed at River Beech road as it is now under water. The peak is forcast today at 1pm, however we have rain forcast today so lets wait and see.
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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Peoria Flood - 21st April 2013

Peoria Flood - 21st April 2013

On the 17th April 2013, Peoria had a huge storm system that started at 5pm and lasted almost 24 hours. During this period over 7 inches of rain fell across Peoria and the Illinois state. The run off from this rain has ended up in the Illinois River which as of today was at 27 ft, and is forecast to reach 30 ft by Tuesday.

Below are the pictures we took today of downtown Peoria.

Close to Caterpillar Parking Lot
Joe's Crab Shack

Close to Cefcu Stage

Information Center

Martini's Bar

Ivy Club

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Springfield Illinois 6th April 2013

The Lincoln Home Site is located in the historic district where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1844 to 1861, prior to becoming the 16th President of the United States. The site includes the four-blocks surrounding the home and a visitor center.
The house was purchased by Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln in 1844, and it was the only home that Lincoln ever owned. Located at the corner of Eighth and Jackson, the house has twelve rooms spread over two floors. During the time he lived here, Lincoln was elected to the House of Representatives in 1846, and elected President in 1860.

Lincoln's Home
Historic site around Lincoln,s Home
Lincoln,s Home through the lens of a Bronze Plate Camera
 Norb Andy's

Norb Andy’s, is one of the oldest establishments in Springfield, and was named after its longest single owner, Norbert Anderson. Norb owned and ran the restaurant and bar from 1937 to 1980. Much of his original creation remains in the nautical themed wall art, including the prized knot collection proudly displayed above the fireplace. The basement bar resides in the Hickox Building, and was originally constructed as a home in 1837 by Virgil Hickox. Legends exist that although Mr. Hickox was a friend of Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln may have, on occasion, paid a visit to the Hickox home. In the late 1800’s, the Hickox home served as the first location of the Sangamo Club, and later was the office of the coroner and a funeral home. During prohibition in the 1920’s, the basement served as a speakeasy. A panic button still exists in the back of the bar where imbibers could warn others of police raids. Once liquor was again made legal, “Hoot” Francis acquired one of the first liquor licenses in the city of Springfield.  (Text courtesy of norbandys.com).

Panic Button

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Old State Capitol Building

Current State Capitol Building