Photo 103-FML-19


This is the intersection of U.S. 51 and U.S. 136 in Heyworth, Illinois. A Cities Service filling station and meat locker plant are pictured in the middle of the photo.

Troy it looks like a lot of this photo may have been removed for the highway is that correct?

Nathan, the highway bypassed the village to the west. The filling station burned down in the early 1980s and was replaced by a Huck's convenience store. The locker plant is still standing and has been converted into apartments. The large brick house in the foreground is still standing. The old U.S. 51 right-of-way (left to right in the photo) is Vine Street on the map.

Lots of old gas stations in this picture! CITGO (an old CITIES SERVICE) on the SE corner, DEEP ROCK on the NE corner, and DX on the NW corner! Unfortunately, today, they are all gone. Time marches on, I guess.

This brings back so many memories...My uncle (Charles "Chuck") was a son of Forrest Lemons and ran the farm on Hwy 136 for his entire life. I came up from Florida and spent every summer there from 1963 (10 years old) to 1970. At the time he lived on south side of 136, just west of the high school. We used to get up at 5 am and go to "Stewarts" restaurant downtown for breakfast, then off to the main compound behind his father's place. My uncle was a mechanical engineer and encouraged me to build, repair, and tinker, and probably led to me being an engineer today. I miss him and this farm...

Came down from Milwaukee to attend a rock festival around 1970 or so. I remember trying to find ice, nobody had any. Tried the gas stations. Finally, while at the IGA, an ice truck pulled up. None of it made it in to the store. All the festival goers grabbed the bags, instead of stealing though, everyone went inside and paid. I was looking for an arial of the store, seems it was close to the gas stations. I remember the DX and Citgo, not sure about the other gas station

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