The city's landmark is the Transfer House, which was once located at the intersection of Main and Main but was moved here in Central Park in 1962. The city moved it because the transfer house was now a hindrance to transportation rather than a help in the age of the automobile (To see historic photos of the Transfer House in its original location, click here.) The park is home to many festivals, gatherings, and the summer farmers markets.
For those who are unacquainted with Decatur, the city can be a little rough. When the picture above was taken at night, there were several homeless people scattered throughout the park, one of which off to the side yelled, "If you take a picture of me, I'm gonna break your jaw!" Having no intention of doing so, the first thing that came to my mind was to yell back, "If I take a picture of you, the only thing that's going to break is the camera lens," but thinking that was the wrong thing to do on several levels, the threat was simply ignored. This wasn't the only instance of one of us meeting someone unfriendly in Decatur, but the city is still safe as long as you're a little smart.
Like just about any place in Illinois, Central Park offers many different beautiful views at different times of day and different times of the year, like the Transfer House sparkling in the early morning light, an American flag backlit by the morning sun on a brisk fall morning, or the Civil War monument framed by a maple tree adorned in its autumnal colors. You just have to keep your eyes open to them.
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