Long Exposure Photograph of a classic old gas pump outside what was once the “Walker Store,” a grocer and gas station, which switched over to an antique shop in the ’70s before Route 66 lost out to the nearby Interstate. A light on in the building near the back of the store indicated that someone must still keep residence there, but otherwise, this area of Funks Grove/Shirley is a ghost of its once bustling past: clearly a pleasant stop on the way out of the Chicagoland area, on the way to St. Louis. A quaint spot where you could slow down, take in the rural midwestern landscape, and even grab a couple bottles of local maple sirup (Hazel Funks’ preferred spelling of their delicious product). We gave this ol’ gal the red, white and blue treatment with our Protomachines flashlight.
God bless America.
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