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16 Roadside Architectural Wonders

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Purple Martin House: Griggsville, Illinois
The Purple Martin House was created to help with the terrible mosquito problem plaguing Griggsville, Illinois.
The Purple Martin House was created to help with the terrible mosquito problem plaguing Griggsville, Illinois.
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Positioned in boggy terrain betw­ixt the Missouri and Illinois rivers, Griggsville long put up with a serious mosquito infestation until the local Jaycees became wise to the fact that purple martins are the bird world's most prolific skeeter-eaters.

To fend off the bugs, in 1962 they commissioned a manufacturer to make dream homes for the birds. These homes were positioned along Quincy Street, which is now known as Purple Martin Boulevard.

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