#ThursdayDoors — We Went to Lyons

Non, non, not Lyon.


dig that reflection

I know, we’d never heard of Lyons, either.
I think Lyons is one of those places you don’t hear about until you’re supposed to be there at noon on Saturday, hm?
Maybe our southern Indiana blogging buddies have heard of Lyons? Marian? Skipah?
When we told the boy one where it was, he Googled it, then he said, “There’s a gun shop next to a church. I’ll pass.”
It’s Indiana, Son. Jeez. The Mister and I know how frequently guns and Jesus travel together. I dare say many Hoosiers would be more of the mind of, “How convenient!”

Anyway, y’all know I love a road trip. The weather was too freakin hot for Joeys 89F/31C, but it was a pretty day to ride in the climate-controlled environment of Bonnie Blue.

I love a drive through the country.

CORN. Oh the corn.

And soy, if you’re into that sorta thing.


roadside pretty

Yes, I know it’s blurry. I have to restrain myself. If I shouted out, “Stop!” every time something perfectly suited to pictorials popped-up, we’da missed the reunion.




that’s the stuff

I know the wires are ugly, and if you don’t want to see them, if the reality is just too much to bear, you can walk across Highway 67 and get a better photo. I choose life.

There’s not a lot in Lyons, Indiana, but it is painted with “the patina of a bygone era.”


someone lives here


tin roof — rusted


usta be doors


Same building — Old movie house? Even older Masonic Temple?


nice staff, door




this is where people snuck in the back, i bet



they saved the bell

See how the left mentions Vincennes and Carlisle? Yeah, we know those two places.

It’s not really America if you don’t see Old Glory everywhere.


happy lil place


lacy curtains


the shirtless man came out of the bank

There were some friendly bikers in front of the bank and another storefront, or home, or I dunno what. They had a dog inside and Sadie was whinin up a storm, she so badly wanted to meet that doggy. She thinks everyone loves her.


such a midwestern scene



crossroads of america


oh silos!

Yes, I am farm-friendly. But I couldn’t hack it. My summer specialty would be weeds and my livestock would roam off in search of water, cause I’d be inside, sittin in the air-conditioning, drinkin swate tay and dreamin of hoodie weather.


This clock is right twice a day, but I didn’t see it then.


I hope you enjoyed this unexpected doorscursion.

#ThursdayDoors is part of an inspired post series run by Norm Frampton. To view more interesting doors, click the link and see what others are posting today.

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66 Responses to #ThursdayDoors — We Went to Lyons

  1. Yes, I’ve enjoyed it very much. The unexpected ones are the best. And I love those four lines. And I had a tyre just like that.

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    • joey says:

      Thank you 🙂
      We used to have a tire swing, too. I’ve tried to get The Mister to hang one here and he looked at me like I’m mad. lol The trees are much taller in this yard. Hehe.

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  2. Benson says:

    Beautiful. I like small old towns. The faded and chipped paint, the rusted metal roofs. All of it.

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  3. I love the patina on that town. It makes for great photos. I also like the guest parking sign that looks like nobody’s been a guest in years.

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  4. Prior-2001 says:

    I enjoyed the Post so much….
    the patina one that someone might live behind had a “slate” feel in the reader – the small image looked like lines on stone –
    Anyhow – the four lines with the barn (and that classic barn door with the x) – well I actually loved the feel they brought in- first – they are straight and the smooth spacing of the lines had interest (and sagging power lines would have a different vibe) – so in a way it was like a music note could follow (or not) but it also showed that this old red barn was connected –
    On the grid – and gave a sense of how close it was to the city as opposed to being so far like some barns and silos are…..

    Enjoyed this virtual tour – of Thursday doors and so much more!


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    • joey says:

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful and kind comments 🙂
      I really felt like I got some good shots, and it’s interesting to know how you perceive them. We were only about three hours out of the city. One’s never too far from cities here!

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  5. bikerchick57 says:

    I’ve been through Indiana several times, but most often on I-65 heading south or on a northern east-west route. I know what you mean about corn. It’s everywhere, as far as the eye can see. You will not be without it. Never drove through Lyons. It looks like an older town in need of a little TLC other than the big red barn and bank. One thing Indiana has somewhat in common with Wisconsin…we don’t have gun shops next to the church, but we do have bars next to the church. Kind of the same thing, don’t you think?

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    • joey says:

      It is sorta the same thing 🙂
      About the corn, I NEVER knew how weird life would be without seeing corn everywhere until I moved to Georgia. Now and again, we’d drive north to Augusta and I’d get excited about the corn. Then I’d also think how sad their corn looked. I had taken it for granted, which I did not know was possible. I don’t think I could happily live where they don’t grow corn — How strange is that?
      I don’t know what Lyons used to produce, but I think it’s safe to say most of the jobs are gone now. :/

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  6. “tin roof, rusted”…You crack me up ! ☺ Do you know how long it took for me to understand that lyric ?? Great country scenes. I can relate. This could be PA. ❤️

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    • joey says:

      I have a friend who always knows all the lyrics to everything. I do believe she’s got a PhD in song speech!
      Much of middle America, hm? Fills my heart, these scenes do, thanks 🙂

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  7. Geert Smits says:

    Great pictures. The US we never see. Except in movies. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. marianallen says:

    Of course, Indiana is all Gloried up this year because it’s our Bicentennial of statehood. But, yeah, America is all kinda FLAG FLAG FLAG, even people who never vote vote vote. Beautiful pictures, Joey! I especially like the clock and the rusty tin roof. Thanks for the trip!

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  9. joannesisco says:

    “The patina of a bygone era” … great line, but the evidence is rather sad. I really don’t like seeing properties fall into disrepair. I think ‘what a shameful waste’.

    There were a few photos that did make me smile though, like the Visitor Parking. The thought that came to mind was that it could be a different way to discourage visitors 😉

    … and the bank struck me funny too. A modest door on what appears to be a modest brick building, but an imposing kick-ass marble sign and Greek columns (Greek? Roman? I’m guessing here).

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    • joey says:

      I agree, there is definitely a sadness in it, architecturally, economically, it’s depressing.
      There are a lot of doors like the bank here. Great powerful frames and standard glass doors. I mean, that’s just about everywhere here.
      I think Roman, because no ‘stripes’ but I’m no expert!
      The line is from a book/movie and I love that line 🙂

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  10. BeckyB says:

    What a great tour . . . .only seen the mid west by train or from above. Must drive one of these days.

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  11. Dan Antion says:

    I love these little towns. Thanks so much for the tour and the running Joey-tary -yes, thats a word now. When I visit my brother, he takes me for rides through little towns like this in Iowa. I like grain elevators and stuff, but I think my crops and animals would also die of neglect.

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  12. Jewels says:

    Enjoyed this so much, thanks Joey! 🙂

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  13. You’re not in the ‘country’ unless there’s a Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco sign. My wife’s family is from Connersville, IN, so I go back and get my ‘small town’ hole filled every now and then. Nice pics.

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  14. loisajay says:

    Shot guns and Jesus, shirtless in the bank….but gosh I love a road trip. Awesome photos, Joey. You got that ‘swate tay’ thang down just perfect!

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  15. Josh Wrenn says:

    Looks beautiful. Small towns call to me. It’s just too bad they would lynch someone like me in a split-second because I am one of them liberals.

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  16. Judy Martin says:

    Thanks for taking me on your trip Joey. I love the old and tatty buildings, with the peeling paint and bricked up windows. It makes me wonder what their stories are.

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  17. Chez Shea says:

    Really enjoyed that visit to Lyons. It looks like the set of a movie- very cool and atmospheric.

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  18. jesh stg says:

    Great series! From your photos, one who would have confused it with Lyon would have noted their mistake when seeing all this Americana:) Love that red barn, but also the Mail pouch building – there’s something interesting drawing me.

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  19. Cool place and nice doors; you weren’t Lyon 🙂

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  20. Thanks for the tour, Joey. I take it that guy ‘lost his shirt’ in the bank 😉 and he wouldn’t be the first, either.

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  21. Bradley says:

    You made me miss the many small towns in North Carolina where I grew up. Living in L.A. these days I didn’t think I’d ever miss them.

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  22. You’re so funny! I enjoy reading your narrative every week.

    The lush green field was very pretty. Loved the sky too. Being in the car moving gave it a slight painterly vibe. I liked it, and can totally relate to how often I want to stop for a photo op! He-Man doesn’t go with me anymore b/c I’m stopping all the time, and it takes forever to get anywhere.
    That’s the point! 🙂

    Were those knickers in the window in that building below that fabulous Red Barn? Y-fronts, and a corset? That’s what I see. Perhaps, it’s that I’ve got Y-fronts on the brain today b/c #1 Grandson has been striping and running around naked for two days, and I’ve been saying get your underwear on all day for two days. What is it with toddlers wanting to be naked all the time? 🙂

    I LOVE the silos!

    Great post that shows American well.

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    • joey says:

      Thanks so much for your compliments to my blog 🙂
      I drove home, so I could stop as I pleased, and The Mister liked the break, I think. He barely grumbled anyway 😉
      They’re not knickers, they’re some sort of fabric, maybe a lost window dressing, maybe homemade insulation, but now that you mention it, I can see the shapes of undies and corset there…
      I don’t know why toddlers love to be naked, but I think it’s one of their more tolerable qualities! Haha! Maybe enjoying the wind on areas that have always been diapered? Beats me.
      Thanks again 🙂

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  23. Vicky says:

    Great! Thank you for taking us to Lyon…it looks like the town time forgot… Old Hollywood movies spring to mind with angular cars and broody James Dean lookalikes slouching against the walls!

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  24. Norm 2.0 says:

    I loved this post. That barn door in particular screams slower-paced rural life. The bank entrance, except for the actual door, is wonderful. Now the guy with no shirt shoulda been turned around and told to go get dressed before being allowed in there. Whatever happened to “No shirt, no shoes, no service”? Or am I just being a grumpy ole fart again?

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    • joey says:

      Thanks 🙂
      I don’t know, if you’re a grumpy ole fart, then I am too. It really took me by surprise! Of course, I was jealous, cause being topless is surely cooler!


  25. I’ve never heard of Lyons either. And yet, somehow everyone always wanted to put an “s” on the end of my maiden name (Lyon) when I was growing up. Love the great captures. In my mind, I’d make a great farmer/homesteader… the reality is that I killed two succulents last week (which I thought was impossible to do).

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    • joey says:

      I used to live next to two towheads whose names were Lyon. I was 8 and I don’t remember their first names, but I do remember being totally disappointed it wasn’t spelled Lion.

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  26. garym6059 says:

    Lyons is in the southwestern quadrant isn’t it? Hold on checking with Dr. Google, yep over by Bloomfield. That there’s corn country Joey!

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  27. reocochran says:

    I am dismayed that I am going this far back to play catch up. Sorry, Joey. I love red, also bright orange, neon green and rusty rakes, green brass, etc. This is a cool barn with nice details. I have an upcoming weathered gray barn setting next to a clean, new red barn.
    I am from Cleveland but my best friend of nearly 30 years was a farmer’s daughter and she envies my trips to Cleveland Airport, Art Museum and the great big Terminal Tower at ages 13 and 14, with one or two friends. While she could ride her bike to the next farm, I could take a bus to the airport, catch a Rapid Transit and ride an elevator to the top of the tallest Cleveland building.

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    • joey says:

      I hate that I have to catch up with you, too. I wish you had an email subscription for me :/
      Barns are fantastic. I look forward to your old weathered gray one.


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