Two-Story Outhouse in Gays, Illinois

On any road trip you’ll inevitably have to pull your car over to stop for a bathroom break. But sometimes that bathroom can actually be the destination. And Gays, Illinois in Moultrie County is home to just that road trip destination: a two-story outhouse.

While the two storey outhouse (known to some as the “skyscrapper” or America’s Only 2-story Outhouse – though that claim isn’t true) is no longer open for the public to use, this two-leveled structure dates back to 1872. Originally, the Gays double decker outhouse, built by Samuel Gammi, stood at the back of a general store to give residents of an upstairs apartment access to a private bathroom. But have no fear if you’re using the bottom toilet: the waste from above falls behind a false wall — not on you!

In 1984 the store and apartments this two leveled lavatory were attached to were town down, but, luckily for locals and us roadside-attraction loving road trippers alike, the town kept the structure behind and today the outhouse lives on as the pride of Gays Illinois on a grassy patch in Gene Goodwin Park. The park was named for the president of Gays’s village board who fought for the roadside attraction’s preservation along Illinois Highway 16 between Shelbyville and Mattoon.

Taking an Illinois road trip? The 2 story outhouse isn’t far from some other Illinois roadside attractions, like the “original” Burger King and the Effingham Cross.

Photos of the Two-Story Outhouse in 2009:

Photos from May 2, 2009, taken on a road trip around Illinois.

Two-Story Outhouse, a roadside attraction in Gays, Illinois
Two-Story Outhouse, a roadside attraction in Gays, Illinois

Photos of the Two-Story Outhouse in 2007:

Photos from July 14, 2007, taken on a road trip from Chicago to Metropolis, Illinois.

Two-Story Outhouse in Gays, Illinois
Two-Story Outhouse in Gays, Illinois
Two-Story Outhouse in Gays, Illinois
Two-Story Outhouse in Gays, Illinois
Two-Story Outhouse in Gays, Illinois

Two Story Outhouse

Location: 1022 Pine St., Gays, IL
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.


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Photos of the Two-Story Outhouse, a weird roadside attraction in Gays, Illinois. This outhouse has two levels and dates back to 1872. I call the top toilet! Visit this place to visit in Illinois on your road trip through the state and add it to your travel itinerary!

VAL BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!