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Elsah Illinois

Updated on November 23, 2014
Entrance to Elsah Illinois
Entrance to Elsah Illinois | Source

A Stop on the Great River Road.

Elsah is a delightful little town found just off the Great River Road and across from the Mississippi river. It is just a short distance from downtown St. Louis and a great place to take a day trip.

I find it a wonderful place to visit on during a Sunday outing as we drive down the Great River Road in Illinois.

photo is of the entrance to Elsah off of the Great River road.

photos by Mary Beth Granger

Autumn in Elsah - beautiful fall colors

I enjoyed our trip last month so much that I decided I must visit it again in the Fall. Today is a beautiful fall day in mid October and we took a drive up the Great River Road to Elsah, Illinois.

This is a home decorated for fall.

Elsah church in Autumn - country church


Where is Elsah?

A markerLess than 30 minutes from downtown St. Louis -
Elsah, IL
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Guidebooks for Illinois

Guidebooks can help you to find all those wonderful little places that you might miss otherwise. Here are a few I recommend.

Illinois Off the Beaten Path®: A Guide To Unique Places (Off the Beaten Path Series)
Illinois Off the Beaten Path®: A Guide To Unique Places (Off the Beaten Path Series)

I love the "Off the Beaten Path" series. Discover great places in Illinois.

Oddball Illinois: A Guide to 450 Really Strange Places (Oddball series)
Oddball Illinois: A Guide to 450 Really Strange Places (Oddball series)

Looking for a unique place to visit. Check out this book.


Strolling the streets of Elsah makes you feel like you've stepped back in time. This delightful town is a wonderful reminder of a quieter and more peaceful time.

Stone House in Elsah

I loved walking the streets and looking at all of the interesting houses.

Elsah Doors

There are some really interesting front doors in Elsah. Here is one that I liked.

Old Elsah Carriage House

This is an interesting old building.

Backyard Gardens

The gardens in Elsah were beautiful. In this one I peered over a backyard fence to shoot this lovely scene.

Creek in Elsah

This little creek and bridge ran right through the center of town.

LaSalle Street Bakery

No stop in Elsah is complete without a stop at the bakery. In addition to wonderful baked goods you can get ice cream, a sandwich or different coffees. We enjoyed some ice cream and chocolate chip cookies. A real delight!

© 2010 Mary Beth Granger

What is your favorite small town? - stop by and leave me a note

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      Michael Shepherd 5 years ago from Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland

      My anquish would be too great to answer your question; I have been in too many. The last one I lived in is Aliki, Paros, Greece:

      I especially enjoyed this lens because my wife and I enjoy doing the same thing. She has many Picasa albums like this. Perhaps I can convince her to move to Squidoo.


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      dfishbac 7 years ago

      Very nice lens. Thanks for promoting Elsah. I have opened an art gallery in Elsah called Fishback Gallery. It's located right next to the LaSalle Street Cafe at 18 LaSalle Street.

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      Sounds like a great little place to visit. I used to know a lot of nice little towns on the river...but haven't seen them in many, many I don't know what they are like now.

      Beautiful pictures, as usual.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      OMG....took your advise and visited Elsah this past weekend. Beautiful village that makes you think you stepped back in time. Ate at the bakery.....homemade pie and a great grinder sandwich. AMAZING! Not sure when the last time I had a piece of real homemade pie. Continued up the River Road to Grafton and a stop at Piasa Winery capped a wonderful drive. Thank you!

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      Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Great minds think alike, Mary Beth. LOVE Elsah and the River Road area, too. There's a tiny village nearby Elsah called Chautuaqua where I stayed for vacation a few summers when my sons were small that is also just delightful. It is a private community, but fortunately we were invited by friends there. Thumbs up and lensrolled. :-)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      What a pretty little town. I love you photos, especially the creek bed. Makes me long for a day way back when. (Big sigh!)

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      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I agree with Wednesday Elf - your photos are outstanding! Wish I could visit some of these places!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      What an interesting little town and so nice to learn about it as a place to visit, since I am moving to St. Louis in 3 weeks. Your photographs, as always, are outstanding; my favorite is the Stone House!

      At the present time, my favorite small town is Pendleton, SC, where I've lived for the past 2 years. My ALL-TIME favorite small town is Canandaigua, NY (about 11,000 pop.) where I was born! It's on one of the Finger Lakes in New York State. ~~Blessed~~