An Illinois preservation group has put out its annual list of most endangered historic places. State funding may be a long shot, but enthusiasts are working to save a federal tax credit.
Among the ten endangered sites is a camp in Senator Pam Althoff's (R-McHenry) district. Camp Algonquin, in unincorporated McHenry County, is a rare relic of the open-air camp movement at the turn of the last century.
Althoff, a Republican from McHenry, says the community can save the camp if local advocates campaign effectively.
The Fernwood Mausoleum is more than just the story of a dilapidated building. It’s a sad result for those who thought that they would spend eternity inside the enclosure located in the Greene County town of Roodhouse.
But the future for the nearly 100 bodies still housed at the mausoleum remains uncertain, nearly a century after it was built. Costly repairs are needed. Ray Coons, with the Illinois Valley Cultural Heritage Association, is among those volunteers working to save the site.