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A brief zag west off Illinois Route 26 onto Route 18 took us over the Henry Bridge into the riverside town of Henry on Saturday.

Very little was happening on this bright and cold late afternoon. The marina was deserted. The riverside bars and restaurants were closed, or seemed so.

We drove around the marina and stopped by this small rock. We got out and looked into the narrow channel that was once the first operating lock and dam on the Illinois river.Now in a state of disrepair, sadly. Not like it once looked. It would have nice if could have been preserved now that it is no longer used. A little history lost there.Such preservation would have helped promote local tourism, but a consideration like this is a fairly recent development in the Midwest. One, though, that is gaining ground rapidly I'm very glad to say.