North of Peru, Illinois, on a patch of land surrounded by farm fields, sit the rusting remains of an asphalt plant.
Along a rural highway north of Peru Township in Northern Illinois, the central structure of an abandoned asphalt plant towered above the surrounding farm fields. The gate to the property hung open and inviting. The place was clearly abandoned and there were no signs forbidding entry, so I stopped to have a quick look.
Plants had grown up among a row of tanks near the entrance.
Off to one side, a rusty crane stood frozen in time.
A row of disused trailers and tankers remained in the back of the property.
A patina of rust-covered every piece of equipment.
Black rubber conveyor belts on rusty rollers baked in the sun are still positioned to move material from the processing equipment to the massive storage bins…
and from the storage bins to transport vehicles.
One conveyor had been colonized by plants.
A small structure that once served as an office and control room still contained an assortment of control panels,
Another structure contained junction boxes and power switches.
I was glad to find this place untouched by vandals. As always, I was careful not to disturb anything during my visit.
I got back on the road and headed south toward Oglesby to check out an abandoned cement factory, which was gigantic compared to this little asphalt plant.
The stunning photos of the Abandoned Asphalt Plant in LaSalle Illinois were taken by Jim Sullivan. Jim Sullivan is a traveler, who shares his stories with followers. If you’d like to see more abandoned places in America, then check out our articles: