Bartonville is a small town just south of Peoria Illinois. I went to Bartonville looking to see what was left of the Peoria State Hospital and the Allied Mill. The Peoria State Hospital was an asylum that was built in 1895 and operated until 1972. Unfortunately, I discovered that the last interesting (to me) building had been demolished by the city six months prior to my visit in 2017. The Bowen administration building had been sitting vacant and ruined for many years. What survives of the hospital complex, at this point, are a few of the dorm buildings (photo above). Some have been converted to self-storage and others are being used as offices or are empty.
The Allied Mills (above and below) are along side highway 24 just south of town. They were built in 1920. This was once one of the largest grain milling facilities in the world. It had apparently become a dog food mill/factory before it was abandoned. It burned in 2015 and probably wont be standing for much longer. The mill structure is massive, well over 100 feet tall. There are two unmarked places to pull of the road where you can have a look at the mill. There were work trucks, possibly demolition related, when I was there in summer 2017. Just across the highway and north are the massive Keystone steel/wire works which are still operating.
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