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Beer Can Alley

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.

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Fall Cards

New cards for the season featuring images tied to Southern Illinois have begun arriving at Irons in the Fire in downtown Carterville. The sunflower featured in the photo card shown came from the u-pick sunflower field at Rendleman Orchard in Alto Pass. We had fun picking sunflowers, petting goats, and seeing all the wonderful things there.

The Cadence of Southern Illinois…

Remember Your First Responders

National First Responders Day is October 28. These men and women put their lives on the line daily to serve others and keep us safe. We are appreciative of all they do as well as the time that their families share them with us on a moment’s notice. It takes truly special people to serve our communities in the ways that they do.

A Slice of Southern Illinois has photo cards featuring various images from Southern Illinois that are suitable for remembering them. We try to keep these in stock at Irons in the Fire in Carterville.

Cover photo credit: Joshua Trammel

The Busy Beavers of Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

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After indulging in our Polar Whip food, we drove around Devil's Kitchen and Little Grassy Lakes in the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. Josh searched online for info and read somewhere (unverified source) that beavers damming up an area caused the water flow to eventually become Devil's Kitchen Lake. Actual conversation from our vehicle: Mija: There's no way beavers could have made that! Josh: No, not that. That's concrete… . (In retrospect, driving around a lake called devil's kitchen on Friday the 13th with a full moon might not have been the most well thought out plan. ) #asliceofsouthernillinois #thingstoseeinsouthernillinois #littlegrassy #craborchard #devilskitchen

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Intern Haz Cheezeburger…

ASOSI Around the World

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What do all of these countries have in common? Visitors from these countries have used the ASOSI app and/or website this week for information on Southern Illinois. We love being able to share this special region of God's creation with the world. ❤ When you are planning to visit Southern Illinois, be sure to check the sections of the menu for links to unique and wonderful locally-owned restaurants, lodging, and shops. You can also find events, sites to see, and more! The app is free on Google Play and the Apple App Store. #asliceofsouthernillinois #ASOSI #tastesofsouthernillinois #southernillinois #visitsi #travel #tourism #events #shopping #shoplocal #lodging #recipes

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