09 Jan


Also known as “The Castle In The Cornfields” this gorgeous building dates back to 1930.  I have driven past it for years and in 2012 I finally stopped in front but only briefly to take this shot.  This section of Decatur is where corn processing takes place and it smells of it too.  It is now called Tate and Lyle, one of the largest processors of corn in the United States. 

As with most buildings I post on this blog, there lurks a ghost story, conspiracy or some sort of mystery that I rarely write about for I don’t take enough time to get all the facts.  This is drive-by shooting and not ghost mystery-1000.  Perhaps I start a new blog when I have time to interview locals and sneak down into the basement to collect information.  If you google E.A. Staley there you will find stories of the building and business over the past 84 years.

If you are ever in Decatur, stop and look around.  It’s all about farming out there.  Don’t get lost amongst the cornfields.


A.E. Staley Building, Decatur, Illinois


Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Illinois, Photography, small towns


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2 responses to “A.E. Staley Building, Decatur, Illinois

  1. Larry Odom-Groh

    January 10, 2014 at 6:40 am

    I have been there

  2. Nancy Dennis Chisum

    January 10, 2014 at 7:15 am

    It is a beautiful building and I bet it does have some tales to tell!


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