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Abandoned Illinois: Secrets Behind The Spaces
  • ISBN: 9781634990967
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Abandoned Illinois: Secrets Behind The Spaces

Author(s): Lisa Beard
Whether the structure is a large factory or a single family's homestead, deserted places leave clues to the time shared between the people who once occupied a space and the buildings themselves.

These spots are scattered throughout Illinois, both in rural and city settings, and as seen through a camera lens, can clearly illustrate times of industrialization, family histories, and significant historical milestones.

The first volume of Abandoned Illinois: Secrets Behind the Spaces documents stories from the past found in locations from Chicago and its surrounding areas to the near the shoreline of the Mississippi River and places found in between, including Joliet Prison, Goodman Manufacturing, and a completely vacant army depot, among others.

Often overlooked, these abandoned places offer us important and interesting information about our pasts, both as individuals and as a society.


Lisa Beard is a fine art photographer who also enjoys writing and creating mixed media art. She was born and continues to live in Woodstock, IL, a suburb of Chicago, where she is also a high school teacher and LRC director. Throughout life, Lisa has been drawn to exploration, especially the history behind abandoned spaces, and to photographing and documenting it. Abandoned Illinois: Secrets Behind the Spaces is her first published book. Volume II and Abandoned Wisconsin will soon follow. For more on Lisa and her work, please visit www.lisambeard.com.

ISBN: 9781634990967
Publisher: America Through Time
Date: 01/28/2019
State: Alabama
Series: Abandoned Union
Images: 150 Color
Pages: 112
Dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.75 (h)