Deeper Into The Land Of Smrt
So, I have been trying to find out info on Shireland and I went straight
to the source, Mr. Smrt. I've sent several emails over the past year
and have included my phone number. Well, at 7:30AM on a Sunday, Mr.
Smrt called me!! It went something like this:
S: This is Mr. Smrt Why Do you want info on Shireland?
C: I was just wondering about it's history...
C: Because I have some photos on my web page and a lot of people ask
S: A lot of people have asked me too and I don't have time for it,
what do you want to know about it?
C: Do you plan on opening it again?
S: I haven't decided yet.
C: How long was it open?
S: Why? I don't have time for this!!
And The Phone hangs up.
The rumors of him being very odd are very true! I thought having a history hear would help with so many people having questions about the place. So Shireland still remains a mystery with a history based on rumors.
On this return trip all the windows have been boarded up. The gift shops have been emptied. Every single building and shack appeared to be alarmed. The grounds had been cleared and cleaned and many of the paths were marked with various neon paint markings. I also got busted by the Illinois State Police. Don't take pictures of helicopters, that is my advice!!! Also the rule I follow of taking only pictures will save you every time.