Each week QuadCities.com contributor Tristan Tapscott will release a series of photos from cities in and around the Quad Cities

When people ask me what my childhood was like I immediately refer to Mark Twain and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Wildly adventurous, borderline redneck, extremely comfortable and oddly serene. That was life in Sherrard, Illinois, my hometown.

I grew up in a small hamlet of under 700 people in the middle of nowhere Illinois just outside the Quad Cities metro area. It was roughly 25 (or more) minutes from everywhere, a place where nobody locked their doors, darkness was the cue to go home and the phrase “going to the cities” was a very real thing.

I chose to start this photo series in this tiny town where it all began for me. From baseball games to putting on plays in the back room of a library to fun with friends at the lake… all of my fondest childhood memories live in this town and it was wild to return.

QC Views: Sherrard, Illinois
Tristan Layne Tapscott has been dubbed the “Quad Cities’ P.T. Barnum” and although the person who initially said it meant it as an insult, he happily accepts the title.
QC Views: Sherrard, Illinois

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