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

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Two-Story Outhouse, 1022 Pine St., Gays, IL

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

While it is no longer open for the public to use, this outhouse has two levels and dates back to 1872. Originally it 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 this lavatory was attached to was town down, but, luckily for us roadside-attraction loving road trippers, they kept the structure behind and today the outhouse lives on in Gene Goodwin Park.

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Photos of the Two-Story Outhouse in 2009:

May 2, 2009

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:

July 14, 2007

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
 

Site: Two-Story Outhouse
Location: 1022 Pine St., Gays, IL
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.

 

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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 to roadside attractions started early. Val blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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