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 this Moultrie County town is home to just that road trip destination: a two-story outhouse in Gays, Illinois.

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!

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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 from Chicago to Metropolis, 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 to see roadside attractions around 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 S Pine St, Gays, IL 61928
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!

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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book - Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip! By Valerie Bromann

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.