The majestic Gasconade County Courthouse rises on a bluff on the west end of downtown Hermann. It seems to have been undergoing some renovations, as its newly copper domes have replaced dull-colored ones in older photographs. Apparently it claims to… Continue Reading
I first photographed Hermann, which is the county seat of Gasconade County, all the way back in November of 2007. I was surprised and impressed at many of the positive changes. I visited Hermannhof Winery, which I learned was originally… Continue Reading
One of the first features of my series of They Don’t Build Them Like They Used To was this horribly settled section of concrete in Hermann. I am pleased to report that the concrete has been fixed, as you can… Continue Reading
The Roman Catholic Church of St. Charles Borromeo dominates the northeastern part of town away from St. Charles’s downtown. There are more beautiful examples of Second Empire and Italianate houses and apartment buildings lining Fifth Street, which is wider through… Continue Reading
The architecture of St. Charles is interesting, because it follows the same styles as St. Louis, but yet expresses them in a different way, more akin to small towns. For starters, the lots are not long and skinny like the… Continue Reading
Further east, there is another giant quarry hollowed out of the earth. The large swath of flat land out in front of the quarry holes has been rezoned as an industrial park. I would assume this land was once the… Continue Reading
I never expected to see these incredible quarries hollowed out of the rock face on the western side of Pacific. They are the standard type I see around the region; the mountain is shaved off, and then tunnels are carved… Continue Reading
I had never made it to downtown Pacific before, but it is very well preserved, and has some nice buildings. The opera house is built in an interesting, eclectic style, and is not something I have seen exactly in St.… Continue Reading
Resurrection Hill Cemetery, an African-American burial ground, is tucked on hilly ground just north of I-44 on route OO. The road to the cemetery swoops up an incline, where there is a small parking lot. I-44 is in the background.
Update: On July 29th, the vast majority of the stones were fixed by the amazing Franklin County Cemetery Society. Read my original article here. The City of Pacific’s cemetery was vandalized back in the winter.