As you head north on Rte 94 out of Aledo, Illinois, you pass Henderson’s junkyard on the east side of the road. Bud Henderson was the local Ford and Mercury dealer. His advertising slogan was “Let’s Talk Turkey!” At some point, probably the early 1960s, he decided to start a junkyard.
The junkyard wasn’t like modern “salvage yards”, where makes are generally grouped together. Junkyards today generally rotate their stock on a regular basis and crush hulks that have had most of their goodness sucked out. Once you were at Henderson’s, you were going to be there for a long time. These photos were taken in 1978 and most of what you see had very little value left. Who needs a six-volt generator from a 1950 Buick?
But the junkyard did have its merits. When one of my uncle’s cars (always Chryslers) needed something like a generator, he would send me out to Henderson’s to extricate the part from whatever ’58 through ’60 hulk presented itself. I was always told to tell Rusty, or whatever the slack-jawed greaser who oversaw the place was named, that if the part worked, I would come back and pay him for it. You could do that in a town of 3000.
Henderson even had some extremely rusty cars from the 20s in here. They slowly were returning to their roots.
Henderson’s was also a source for rear leaf springs that my 1960 Plymouth chewed up on a regular basis. Dirt cheap.
Henderson’s didn’t have a sign or billboard to let the buying pubic know what was up. Just this very curious custom car that was probably built in the mid or late 50s. I went on to Google Satellite today to see if anything remained of the junkyard and it apparently is still there but devoted to equally junky earth moving equipment. If there are any cars left, they have been overtaken by the vegetation.