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I took the side roads to Doc’s place the other day, jumping off the freeway and onto Illinois Route 2 that runs along the bank of the Rock River.
Between Oregon and Castle Rock State Park, I came across a small cluster of abandoned buildings surrounded by a field of decaying cars and a few farm tractors (which I am learning to appreciate). I almost drove right past, as most of the cars had become nearly absorbed into the landscape.
But this pink Packard was pretty hard to miss.
There were a number of Packards, a Studebaker and a Kaiser, as well as some other vehicles I could not name for the life of me. They seemed to be way too small to be American. And there was one Renault from about the mid-seventies.
I found myself wondering about the person who had assembled this unique collection of automobiles, and how they came to be left here to be consumed by the lichens, moss and prairie vegetation and trees.
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