AP article: Decaying Pillsbury mill in Illinois that once churned flour into opportunity is now getting new life

On December 23, 2023, the Pillsbury Project and Moving Pillsbury Forward were featured in a story by John O’Connor of the Associated Press. A brief excerpt:

Moving Pillsbury Forward has managed to turn the decrepit site in Illinois’ capital city into a leisure destination verging on cultural phenomenon.

Tours have been highly popular and repeated. Oral histories have emerged. Spray-paint vandals, boosted instead of busted, have become artists in residence for nighttime graffiti exhibitions, which more than 1,000 people attended.

Retired University of Illinois archeologist Robert Mazrim has mined artifacts and assembled an “Echoes of Pillsbury” museum beneath a leaking loading dock roof. This month, the plant’s towering headhouse is ablaze with holiday lights.

John O’Connor of the Associated Press

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