It may seem like a flat plain that goes on forever and a long way from any mountains, but don’t let looks deceive you. The fact is that much of Central Illinois sits on some of middle America’s highest land (of all of Illinois’ major cities, Bloomington is the state’s highest city, elevation wise, at 797 feet — Peoria, by comparison, is only 502 feet above sea level and Chicago 579). As a result, an area east of Bloomington-Normal is some of the most sought-after by wind farm builders and communications tower erectors. In fact, along Illinois 9, just northwest of Saybrook, is an area of a communications tower on one side of the road (pictured) and a microwave tower on the other, bordered nearby by hundreds of wind turbines. It’s because the land at that point is 955.7 feet above sea level, the highest point of America in a line between Canada and New Orleans, La.