Town center Griggsville, Illinois (Scarborough photo)When you pull off of the road in Griggsville, Illinois to find a gas station, you also find that the town is mad about purple martins. 

There’s a martin house in practically every yard, and the town center features a bunch of birdhouses on a pole plus a wall mural and water tower announcing that you’ve arrived in the “Purple Martin Capital of the Nation.” 

The Nature House, Inc. company is located here and they build purple martin birdhouses – the purple martin is said to eat upwards of 2,000 mosquitoes a day, which makes it a pretty nice neighbor on muggy, buggy summer days.  You can buy the products at Backyard Bird Company.

If I hadn’t pulled off of the Interstate right there, I’d have never known….

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