- Associated Press - Monday, July 13, 2015

EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) - The Crystal Club entered several generations with live music in the post-war era.

But its heyday long has faded. The Effingham Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1HePxDX ) the building that once housed the swinging hotspot on U.S. 40 between Effingham and Teutopolis is coming down.

Robert Macklin of Effingham bought the building which has in recent times housed apartments and storage units in November. He might sell the land or expand a storage business there.

Resident Lee Evanko first visited the club as a teenager in 1961 and there, she and her friends “would dance and dance.”Musician Russ Howard played gigs there into the 1980s.

Jim Rhodes of Effingham says his father and another man opened the Crystal Club in August 1946.



Effingham is 210 miles southwest of Chicago.

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Information from: Effingham Daily News, https://www.effinghamdailynews.com

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