When I was a boy, this large Italianate farmhouse built for the livestock farmer William R. Duncan was one of the "crane-your-neck and make guesses" landmarks along Route 66 between Chicago and St. Louis. It sat isolated amidst thousands (seemingly millions to us kids) of acres of corn and bean fields and had an air of mystery that led to wild rumors -- one being that it had been part of the "underground railroad" (said in excited, loud-hushed voices, of course). It was not part of the underground railroad, I understand now, but it was along-side the Gulf Mobile and Ohio Railroad which ran more than a dozen passenger trains, probably loaded with “crane-your-neck and make guesses” passengers, past the mansion daily. It is sad that this historic old building is deteriorating rapidly and this memory of millions may someday no longer be with us. I hope something can be done.
(Here are links to information about efforts to save Duncan Manor.)
Update: The home has been sold to people familiar with restoring historical houses and they are restoring it to be their primary residence!!! It's being saved!! I would like to thank everyone involved, especially the former owners for being willing to sell and the new owners for being willing to take on the task. Having watched the demise of so many historical buildings in the area, it is such a relief that this beautiful home is being saved. Thank you everybody!! To listen to a WJBC interview with the new owner, visit this link.
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