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The Sharlott Hall Museum in Prescott yielded more doors than just the safe doors I featured last week. This first door is attached to probably one of the most uncomfortable ways invented ever to ride–the stagecoach. Never mind the plush bit on the inside of the door. People were crammed in together inside and bathing wasn’t a regular thing “back in the day”, there was no air conditioning, suspension and wheels weren’t the smoothest, drivers might have had a little something before driving, and there was always the possibility of hold-ups. But the climate people would love them–no gas, oil, or even electricity. Maybe there’s a stagecoach in your future! 🙂

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One week ago Marsha (AlwaysWrite) and I met Jodie (Jodie’s Touch of Style), her husband and photographer Rob, and friend and model Leslie at Prescott’s Sharlot Hall Museum, a real jewel in Prescott. Always on the hunt for doors, I snapped shots of some elegant safe doors. No hiding these behind a painting but it would take some doing to remove them even knowing where they were!! Also no doubt about the company that made each safe.

And inside, another set of doors.

After all those, there’s only one thing to say: Stay safe out there. 🙂

Thursday Doors 1.19.23

After a lovely time spent enjoying Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois, we were ready for some lunch!! My friend planned a visit to a local brewery and restaurant but we arrived to find out that it didn’t open until 3 pm. What to do???? I got online, perused the offerings, and we settled on Prairie St. Brewing C. along the Rock River, which turned out to be right combination of brew and food.

Prairie Street Brewing Company is housed in the oldest brewery in the state of Illinois, a beautiful red brick National Historic Landmark building. Older breweries existed but they all burned to the ground in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Jonathan Peacock, who built the building, immigrated from Markingham, England to Chicago, IL in 1847 where he found employment with Diversey & Lil Brewery. Two years later, wanting more out of life, he purchased a small Greek revival home at 200 Prairie Street alongside the Rock River in Rockford, Illinois and founded his own brewery: Peacock Brewery. He invested $200 in the purchase of his home here, in the early days of Peacock Brewery, where he would ground malt in a hand-milled coffee grinder, brewed mash in a washtub, and delivered his brew to fellow Rockfordians in a wheelbarrow. Peacock’s limestone home still stands at the intersection of Prairie Street and Madison on the southeast corner of the PSB property.

There’s more of the interesting history if you click here and you can see why there’s a peacock on the door. The building itself is gorgeous.

We each had a glass of Phantom Porter (“rich. robust. cocoa”) and shared two seasonal dishes which the kitchen was nice enough to split and plate for us. I love it when they do that. Both food and beer couldn’t have been better. After we ate, we walked through the brewery, the rest of the building, and along a bit of the river where there’s outdoor seating when the weather is fine. Guess I’ll have to go back for a visit when it’s summer. It was one of those lucky finds that makes you glad your first choice didn’t work out.

And there were doors. 🙂

Dan, our door meister, is always brewing something tasty over at the Thursday Door-pub. There are entries from all over the world to enjoy. Today and part of tomorrow I’ll be back in Prescott, hanging out with a couple of blogging buddies, so not really online much. I’ll try to catch up when I get back, so thanks for stopping (and hopefully commenting) even though I can’t do the same today.

Thursday Doors is back after a Christmas break and since I’m still conducting you through the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois, I thought it only appropriate that we find some doors there. So without further ado…

I wouldn’t mind having a gate/door like this one if I had a garden. I really like the use of so much wood in Japanese buildings and other structures.

I would love to have seen what was on the other side of these wooden doors but alas, no such luck. However, there was so much to see I didn’t mind too much. Domo arigatou for taking time to stop by today. (That’s the way to say thank you in Japanese between friends or co-workers and I think all of you qualify, so I won’t be more formal. 🙂 Enjoy your Thursday.

During my recent trip to Illinois, which you’ve been following, we did a tour of favorite/new places in Wisconsin one day. We started with a stop at Total Wine (like Binny’s if you live in the Chicago area) to check out regional dark beers. Then on to Carr Valley Cheese for tasting and plenty of buying. I used to stop at one of their stores on the way to and from Wyoming each summer but we don’t go that way anymore. So this was wonderful!! Yes, it was also rather cheesy naturally. 🙂 Duluth Factory Outlet store was next where I scored a few items, followed by lunch (subject for another post), and finally a stop in New Glarus, AKA Little Switzerland, to see the New Glarus Brewing Company and have a beer while sitting in the sun.

Those of you who know my preference for dark beer will understand that I and my friend, (whom I lured to the dark side years ago) were disappointed to find only an amber ale. But the brewery’s public area also provided me with the doors for today’s post, so I can’t complain. Besides it was the end of a wonderful trip with a good friend. No complaints about that. So I offer you three very different doors that are each attractive in different ways.

Thursday Doors 12.8.22

We’ve all agreed that we’d like to see every dull, boring, grey/gray power boxes painted something else and I found several I really liked while walking in downtown Aurora, Illinois with my friend who was willing to patiently wait while I took photos. 🙂 I especially like this first one because the colors are so arresting. Anyone else get a bit of a “Matrix” vibe?

I was loving the Art Deco look of this pair.

And finally here’s another power box for your Thursday enjoyment. Here we are already in December. How did that happen??

Thursday Doors is hosted as always by the Door Keeper in Chief, Dan the Doorman AKA Dan the author. Thanks, Dan.

On a day when eating figures prominently for those of us in the US, you might cast your mind back to my delicious meal at The Big Texan restaurant. Today however, we’re focusing, literally and figuratively, on some of the doors found there. This pair is bright and cheerful-looking.

This single door’s a bit more elegant. The sign tells us the restaurant was established on Route 66 in 1960, touts the 72 oz. steak challenge (streamed live on their website!!), gives a shout-out to the home-brewed beer (I can attest that it’s good), there’s free wi-fi (but who really needs that when you’re eating?), and that they don’t accept checks.

Finally, we have a vintage police car with a Route 66 door. I think you could get more than a few 72 oz. steaks from that big boy next to the car and that’s no bull! 🙂 (I imagine it would be a steer.)

To those of you celebrating Thanksgiving, I pray you have a wonderful day filled with love and blessings. Of course I pray the same for all the rest of you as well. We all have much for which to be thankful, whether on one specially named day or not. Dan, thanks for hosting Thursday Doors as usual and Norm, thanks for starting it.

We’ve taken our virtual airplane (first class seats and service only, naturally) from Arizona’s Petrified Forest to Redondo Beach, California for round two of this group of tiny doors. No history that I know of, no stories, just some tiny houses with tiny doors. After viewing, feel free to walk across the street, view the ocean, and enjoy the weather. The return flight won’t take off until just after midnight Pacific Standard time, so take time to relax. Tomorrow we’ll finish up at Petrified Forest and then see where our journey takes us next.

Thursday Doors 10.20.22

We’re not leaving Petrified Forest just because it’s time for Thursday Doors. I found a few doors in the park despite most of the attractions being outdoor. Lots of doors open to the outside, but there are some very attractive ones inside as well as you can see from this cabinet door in the Painted Desert Inn.

This door, from the same place, is more functional but still attractive in its own way.

This of course is the inside of a door that opened to the outside at one time, the door to the 1932 Studebaker I talked about in yesterday’s post. I would imagine that if you saw the inside of a door on any of today’s models, they’d look quite different. But they might not hold up as well against the ravages of time in the desert.

As promised, tomorrow we’ll visit Puerco Pueblo. See you then.

Thanks to Dan for hosting Thursday Doors, taking over ably after creator Norm stepped aside. Thursdays just wouldn’t be the same without TD!

Yes, California tiny doors are back. These houses have an ocean view but even though that raises the price, they might be the only affordable homes around! I didn’t see any “For Sale” signs though, so you’ll have to keep waiting if you plan to move into the area.

I see I missed most of a teapot house on the far left side. May have to check that one out next time I’m there.

I prefer my fans indoors but last time we were there, it was hot and humid enough that one this size outdoors might have helped as few people near the beach have AC.

Thursday Doors 10.6.22