The two-story outhouse in Gays, Illinois
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Here are a couple highly recommended stops if you’re on your way to someplace like, say, Louisville for vacation.

I pass by both on my way downstate to visit my small hometown of Pana, Illinois (“The City of Roses”). The town of Gays, Illinois, is on the stretch of Route 16 that runs from Mattoon to Pana. In Gays (pop. 281) there’s a sign that reads TOURIST ACTIVITIES: HISTORICAL TWO STORY OUTHOUSE 1872.

The outhouse is affectionately known as the “skyscrapper.” Don’t tell me you wouldn’t stop to check it out. You know you would.

But why a two-story outhouse?