A Flyover of Harlan, Kansas

Harlan, Kansas No Country For Old Towns As towns that sprung up purely for farming fade away, is there a place for small rural towns in America’s heartland?   Harlan, Kansas was like many small towns that popped up on the plains as America spread west when farming took a lot of labor and trains were the only way a… Read more →

Abandoned Illinois College Campus Now An Arboretum Open To The Public

The Buildings Are In Decline, But This Abandoned Site Welcomes The Public The former campus of Shimer College in Mount Carroll, Illinois is one of those amazingly beautiful places that make you cringe when you learn it’s abandoned. Shimer College started as Mount Carroll Seminary, in Mount Carroll, Illinois in 1852 as a day school and while the buildings and… Read more →

Send me on my way – Win a free signed photo

Lost Americana is going east this August – make a suggestion on where and win a free photographic print. It has only been two years since I made a trip in New York state before driving down through Pennsylvania for a day and then back home to Illinois, sadly skipping over Ohio because of time restraints. And since most of… Read more →

Population Decline; The Hardest Hit Counties In Each State Since 1990

Since 1990 These Counties Are The Hardest Hit By Population Decline In Their State The 1990s are a significant time for Lost Americana, which goes beyond the fact that during that decade what was once known as “my abandoned barn project” got it’s start and later became the Lost Americana documentary. No, the 1990s are significant, because it was the first decade… Read more →

Weekends Spent With The US Census

How Do You Spend Your Weekends? The internet is great for a wealth of information on just about any topic and with government sites online dumping tons of data for the world to look over I’ve benefited from easy access to information on the topic of population decline. The US Census website has been amazing for this, but let me… Read more →

Illinois, Alexander County – Largest Population Decrease in the Nation

Alexander County, Illinois Hardest Hit By Population Decline In America 2010-2016 Since 2010 no county rural, or otherwise has witnessed as large of a population decrease as Alexander County, Illinois. An estimated 21% drop, this county which sits as far south as you can go in Illinois at the confluence of the Mississippi & Ohio Rivers, has been devastated since… Read more →