Psycho Silo Saloon….Langley Il…..So Unique….

If your ever crossing Illinois on I80, this is the coolest place to see…”Psyco Silo Saloon”….located in the ghost town of Langley Illinois.  It is now a renovated outdoor bar, with entertainment, built with old railroad ties and bridge planks.  It is bringing in bikers, hot roders, or anyone who wants to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening.  It is located at the intersection of Il. 40 and US. 6 between Sheffield and Wyanet.  It is only 2 miles off of I 80.  It was the elevator in Langley next to the tracks.  Built around 1901, it hadn’t operated for years.  The town with a few houses had become a ghost town and they were even gone.  All that stood for years was the elevator with trees, brushes and weeds growing up and  over taking the whole area.

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I had heard about this place just over a year ago.  I had wanted to go, but just wasn’t a priority.  Scott and Brandy decided to do a party run in their motorhome last sunday  and asked us to go.  Its only about 40 minutes away, so its not far.20170521_123758

We met at the bar at 11 am.  Only 6 of us went after all, as it was so cold.  It has a high of the 50s.  Sure not use to that temp.  After a fun ride over with music at its peak…..lol….lets say a few beers, certainly not the driver, we turned off Rt. 6 onto what use to be the Main St. of Langley On the way up to the elevator, the owner had placed old cars and vehicles in different places.  All old….old antiques.  As we approached, the elevator came into view as it was hidden in the trees.  Many different decks had been built.

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All around the edges were rusty car bumpers, some doors, and so many different old parts on display.  It was so unique.

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They flagged us through over a bridge and parked in a larger grassy area.  It was only the 2nd weekend they have been open this year.  Everything is outside.  Their is no inside, therefore they obviously close in the winter.

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As we walked up to the bar, their was so much to see.  Over on the left side was what appeared to be a junk pile….lol…

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But I’m sure these are the things that he displays when he finds a place for them.  The building in the background is the new restrooms.  Modernized too….that’s a +…..lol..

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We climbed up the first flight of steps…Their was a roof of an old silo and underneath was a bar in an Old Truck….

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That was so cool.  The back end of the cab was cut out and a cooler was set in their.

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Also on that level was the stage for the band.  They had 2 playing that day.  This was Cody Calkins who really has become locally very popular.  For 2 hours he played and hit every note….Later another band Vice Squad set up in the stage area and played.  They were awesome.  If you notice the stage is really the side of a trailer cut out still hooked up to an old truck….How cool is that….Then we climber the stairs to the next level…

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Their was the main bar.  Now were actually in the old elevator.  It was decorated with license plates and old things.  I was also told that one of the guys from “The American Pickers” also had been their to check them out.  This is their kind of stuff….

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The deck area is so big.  Many tables and also some old non matching rocking chairs.  We walked around the corner and found 1 inside room…..Of Course…

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The one with the Slot Machines….Almost every bar has them these days.

Then we walked to the back side and their was the souvenir clothing.  T Shirts, Sweats, bandana’s, tank tops, koozies,  sunglasses, etc.  so many things.

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Their again, it was an old trailer pulled along side with the side cut out.  At closing, they just put all merchandise back in the trailer and lock up…..Great Idea….Oh…..and don’t worry.   If you run out of money, they also have an ATM machine….You can always get more…lol

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This is on the wall in the bar area on the deck.  I walked around for quite awhile, just looking at everything.  As the story goes…..The Owner is Troy Thompson of Princeton Illinois, which isn’t far.  He had seen it many times as a kid, as they drove by.  Finally 3 years ago he decided to fulfill his dream, he bought it and with the help of family and friends he renovated it with all the antiques that he has been collecting.  He has done a fabulous job.  This little town that still had a name but no houses now has come to life every weekend.  Before that, its only claim to fame was a shoot out of some bank robbers.  The robbers had robbed a bank in a neighboring town of Manlius and hid out in a train car.

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As we listened to music, we looked through the parking lot…Their was Scotts Camper….It was a fun day, but it was so so cold.  Fortunately at the upper bar, they had a long heat pipe installed in the ceiling.  I finally went and sat in a rocking chair.  It was really quit comfortable.

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So many unique things has been done.  Love these old tractor seats made for the tables.  Finally it was time to leave.  I was cold to the bone but so glad I came.  Many people started coming in as we sat their, but it was so cold.  Usually the parking lot is filled.  We seen many bikers, old car enthusiasts, and many people just came to enjoy.  It seems to bring out everyone.   They are also gearing up for a 4 day Memorial Day Party….Full of Entertainment, drinks, and also they have sandwiches and appetizers.

 

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Scott Rich and Brandy

 

Another unique place in the Central Illinois Valley.  Amazing what people can do when they have a dream….and a desire.  What a preservation of Old America for everyone to enjoy….

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This is a barbeque cart….has a grill inside with serving table…..

””PARTY ON””

 

 

 

 

 

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Back Home In Illinois

We are back home for a short time.  We’ll be here around 3 weeks total.  Its good to see the kids again.  We left Harlingen on Saturday afternoon and arrived Monday afternoon.  The goal was to make it to Scott and Brandy’s  bar for tacos.  They serve them only on Mondays 5-7.  20170515_174717

They are deep fried, something you can’t get in Texas.  Must be a northern thing.  Brandy puts in the meat filling, inserts toothpick.  Drop them in the fryer and immetiately open and put in lettuce, onions and tomatoes after frying…..mmmmm…..Saturday morning I had an employees meeting before we left.  I work at the Cinemark 10, 2 days a week on the weekends in the box office.  I, of course am the oldest.  Most are all kids or young adults.  It was rather interesting.  The General Manager of the theater held the meeting.  The purpose of course is to update all employees on new programs coming up for the summer, as well as safety issues, fire drill procedures, and many at risk situations.  But the think I find most interesting is the general manager is so good with these kids.  He is firm with rules, but he also builds them up, trying to get them to strive for the very best in life.  He demands respect and yet have fun at the same time.  One of the managers, Miss Ramos, has been taking the steps to climb the ladder in the company.  She has just taken a test and achieved a fabulous score.  The General Manager announced that she was 4th in the nation and is now titled “Assistant General Manager”  Everyone is called Miss or Mr.  In fact, this is something I have noticed here in the Rio Grande Valley.  Their is respect everywhere from little kids to Seniors.  You can be in a grocery store or on the phone, and everyone says, “Thank You Maam”……It is something that is taught from childhood on and still continues.   As soon as I came back home we finished packing. 20170512_145157

This little guy was hanging around on the awning.  There are zillions of these everywhere.  Kinda cute……It was so hot……Sweat was just pouring off Rich.   Finally we took off and had a rather uneventful trip home……but that’s good…

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Kitty enjoyed the ride as usual, sleeping most of the time.  He would of course also sit on his foot stool by his dad and paw at him.  He always wants Rich to pet him while driving.

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Finally crossing the Mississippi we made it into Illinois.  We seen some floods coming across Arkansas.  They were really hit bad on the White River.  The Mississippi was up but nothing out of the ordinary.  Its been so much worse.

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Brandy behind bar

We arrived in McNabb and parked at “One Pawz Pub”.  Brandy was working,  Scott showed up about a half hour later, from driving truck.  This was the first time we had seen the new progress on the bar.  Scott reconstructed a new bar and put stripe designs in it and covered it with epoxy.  This is not a good picture but it is beautiful.

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Patio area….it was getting dark

He has also finished his patio out back.  He made all his own bars and bar stools and painted them different bright colors.  He also made 3 octagon picnic tables and put down grass turf.  They have a Harley Davidson Bag game in the area you can’t see.  He is striving to gain a lot of bikers this summer on their poker runs.

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Tammy, Cassidy and Carly came for Tacos.  Also her boyfriend Bryan and son.  Ed, Tinas Husband showed up with Austin.  Tina was at a softball game with Miley.  Finally Cameron came in.  He was working…….”What a Nice Sound”…..lol….This past year, Cameron has made “HUGE STEPS” in his life.  He accomplished his GED, then went to Truck Driving School, obtained his CDL, and now has a seasonal job at AG Service.  He drives the chemicals out to the fields for the farmers as they plant.  He loves it.  He also has a truck driving job coming up after the season is over.  It will be a roller coaster for him as he is only going to be 19 in June.  Lots of companies can’t or don’t want to hire him because of insurance.  When he is 21 it will get better…..Just have to stay positive….Finally Connie, Richs youngest sister came and Brian.  We had a nice visit eating Tacos.  Finally drove to the house a block away before dark, parked and settled in.

Now time for a “Randy update”.  Randy has been in New Orleans and Galveston having a Grand time.  He went to a museum to check out and learn about alligators and turtles.

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Look at Randy’s COOL NEW PANTS

He’s been to many resturants checking out the hot sauces and peppers…..lol

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But he decided to eat Brownies instead…..Guess he knew it would tear up his stomach.

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So now Randy and his parents are all packed up.  They are heading on their way to Maryland.  Their having such a good time seeing the sites….

Cant wait till we see where Randy’s Adventures take him next…..

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Randy and his Mom in Galveston La.