Category Archives: Collinsville, Illinois

Bert’s Chuck Wagon Sign Moving

by Michael R. Allen An article in today’s Madison County Journal reports that Bert’s Chuck Wagon restaurant has removed its landmark sign and will be reinstalling it inside the restaurant’s new home. In a turn of rather thoughtless planning, the … Continue reading

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Bert’s Chuck Wagon in Collinsville to Fall for Highway Widening

by Michael R. Allen The Madison County Journal reports that Collinsville mid-century landmark Bert’s Chuck Wagon Bar-B-Q (see “Heavenly Bar-B-Q” will be demolished soon for widening of Illinois Highway 159. Bert’s Chuck Wagon will relocate to a nearby location on … Continue reading

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Mid-Century Modernism in Collinsville

by Michael R. Allen Across the street from each other on Main Street in Collinsville, Illinois are two delightful one-story mid-century modern office buildings dating to the 1950s. These buildings aren’t exceptional modern masterpieces, but simply nice examples of vernacular … Continue reading

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Heavenly Bar-B-Q

by Michael R. Allen This quintessential A-frame work of Googie-tecture stands at the northwest corner of Vandalia (State Highway 159) and Clay streets in downtown Collinsville, Illinois. According to the Conestoga sign on the pole in front, this is Bert’s … Continue reading

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