Farmland Beyond College

The 2001 St. Clair County Extension in Illinois from East St. Louis to College doubled the length of MetroLink.  The line's further opening east to Shiloh-Scott took place in 2003.  This photo, at College, is from the springtime of 2004. 

Southwestern Illinois College is on one side of MetroLink here, but looking out toward the south and east, as the camera was then trained, the view was of sky and  farmland and farms -- and not too much else.   One got the feeling of peering into  the historic Heartland, and it seemed unlikely that an urban area could be close by.  I wondered how long it would be before "progress" would materially change this vista.

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