Have you ever passed an empty building and wondered its age, why it was built, and who worked there? Maybe you notice the deterioration and wonder why it was abandoned. Did you stop and take a closer look?
These neglected sites sparked an interest in author Michael G. Wright, leading him to an adventure to satisfy his curiosity of the past. He spent years researching and photographing Southern Illinois’ old and unusual buildings, trains, machinery, and more.
These daring expeditions earned him the name “Indiana Mike.” Using rich colors and digital art, the author takes readers on a journey through the past of Southern Illinois. Some may remember these places as they used to be, full of workers and bustling with activity.
Pay attention to the craftsmanship and pride that was put into these structures. One of these days, they will be gone forever.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Michael G. Wright is a native of Illinois. He has had a long and successful career as a real estate appraiser, investor, and banker. During those years, his interest developed into photography. He is an award-winning photographer and his work has been published. He spends hours researching areas to photograph and drives hundreds of miles looking for old abandoned structures and unusual things. His recent investment in a drone has enabled many photographs that were once impossible. His work has been described as “stunning” and “fascinating,” with an eye for the beauty of decay.