Abandoned Factory, Old North St. Louis

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The original platting of the town of North St. Louis, at the time several miles north of the city center, originally called for three circular parks in the middle of the street grid: one for a school, one for an open park, and finally one for a church.  As it were, the vision materialized, though the circular plats for the school and church are now largely obscured.  The middle park, Jackson Park, still exists and functions as the terminus for North Market Street.  Interestingly, over a hundred years ago industry and manufacturing began to creep in to what was meant to be a coveted address for the leading members of North St. Louis society.

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As can now be seen, the industry has left the circle around Jackson Park as well; the hulking remains, scarred by terrible graffiti, still sit on the south side of the park.

North Market

Sanborn maps reveal what the neighborhood looked like one hundred years ago, and the houses that once lined the park still stand, though certainly their days were numbered.

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  1. Whenever I drive down 70 south I love looking at this area. I thought it was so interesting with the buildings built around the circles. Better than rectangular parks!

  2. That particular abandoned factory always catches my eye as I drive down 70. Although some of the graffiti on the front of that building is ‘terrible,’ the graffiti on the top is some at least ten years old, and has a history to itself. Most importantly, I think it says something about the length of time that particular building has been left to rot/uncared for.

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