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.

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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.