Captured: Basketball on the road

Basketball on the road

I always chuckle when I see this photo. It seems so improbable. But this road is abandoned; why not play basketball on it?

This isn’t just any abandoned road, though. It’s the old National Road, the nation’s first federally funded interstate highway, somewhere in eastern Illinois. Several long segments of abandoned brick and concrete road run alongside modern US 40 from the Indiana state line to Effingham, about 60 miles west. This concrete pavement dates to the 1920s; the road itself to the 1830s.

I love the National Road and have written extensively about it. Here’s a list of those posts.


7 responses to “Captured: Basketball on the road”

  1. Dani Avatar

    Maybe The Beatles had the same idea: “Why don’t we do it in the road?”

    1. Jim Avatar

      Somehow I don’t think they were singing about basketball.

      1. Dani Avatar

        I have to agree with you but, dang, the song began spinning in my head before I reached the end of your blog. And it is still spinning…

  2. ryoko861 Avatar

    It still has a purpose to someone(other than you that enjoys writing about it).

    1. Jim Avatar

      Some Illinois farm family should certainly have finely honed hoop skills.

  3. Lone Primate Avatar
    Lone Primate

    It’s intensely poignant to think that life is still going on on the very place that thousands upon thousands passed by on their way to new lives, or bringing the commerce of the early United States to and fro. Does anybody else have “Elbow Room” from Schoolhouse Rock going through his/her head right now like me? :)

    1. Jim Avatar

      It does blow the mind a bit to think that some kids shooting hoops here are on ground once trod by Conestoga wagons on their way west.

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