I last drove past Farmersville in 2009 (the 2010 trip didn’t materialize) and it was 2008 when I went into town, and it was obvious that it was hurting. In a way that’s kind of surprising given its proximity to Springfield, as I can see it being something of a bedroom community.
That’s too bad about the Coliseum. It must’ve been quite the place in its heyday.
When we were doing our mini Illinois Route 66 tour last week, we went through Farmersville. Looks like the town is having very tough economic times. Did notice the Opera House — a relic of a more prosperous era, no doubt?http://www.flickr.com/photos/myoldpostcards/3737259853/in/photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/myoldpostcards/3737259853/in/photostream/
By the way, did you know the Coliseum Ballroom in Benld burned down a couple of weeks ago? We drove by on Friday, and the building is pretty much gutted — and the roof has collapsed. The iconic sign’s still there, though.
It’s gonna be tough for me to stop in after I’ve just visited the Dr. of BBQ in Springfield, but I always want to support the little guy, especially a classic like Art’s on Route 66. Maybe I’ll eat one less rib with the Dr. and then head on down your way for a snack.
Art’s Restaurant in Farmersville, IL has re-opened as of Valentine’s Day 2010. Art’s features genuine barbecue and smoked meats along with fried chicken and brick oven thin crust pizza. Art’s feature items like BBQ Pie, BBQ Spaghetti along with pulled pork, ribs, chicken and pulled turkey. It’s open every day from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Best of luck, “new Art”. I won’t be down your way until Thanksgiving but I’ll make a point of stopping.
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