If you’ve driven around in the country by Salem, this serene scene might be familiar…
Beer Can Alley, a name that appears to make no sense now, was once lined with beer cans, among other things. That changed dramatically when the recycling movement really took off in the late 70’s and early 80’s.
Fortunately, the stretch of road was cleaned up, but the name Beer Can Alley stuck. Locals still affectionately use the name. It remains a beautiful, fairytale-like path to memories of home or visits to Salem for many.
This photo card is now available in the A Slice of Southern Illinois collection at Irons in the Fire, downtown Carterville.