Elsah Hope in Pictures Uncategorized


Once or twice a month my wife and I take a ride up the river road, and head toward a small town, Grafton Illinois. Which is about a 30 minute drive from our hometown of Alton; a larger historic river town along the Mississippi.

On the way our car automatically makes a right turn into this small river village. Many of the homes are built from the rock of the bluffs.

Land that was to become Elsah was purchased by James Semple in 1853. He started the village by offering free land to anyone who would build their home from the stone from his quarry.

Driving through town makes you feel like you are back in the middle of the 19th century. Little cell phone or internet service as you drive through. The only difference being the cars drive down the bumpy roads instead of horse and buggy (Though sometimes the horse and buggy makes its return).

Sometimes it’s nice to go back in time and remember what it was like 170 years ago, not that it was a better life but it was a simpler life.

Elsah is surrounded on three sides by trees. The entrance to the town is the Great River Road, that winds along the Muddy Mississippi river.

“Nothing is more simple than greatness, indeed, to be simple is to be great” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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