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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.
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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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