I think I found one of the most interesting and hidden gems of West County, the former resort area of the Meramec Highlands. After taking a wrong turn, my traveling companions and I stumbled on this unique hamlet of cottages dating from the 1890s.
I think every house is unique, with its own paint scheme and slightly different style of architecture.
The original hotel is gone, but it sat on the summit of this hill, which I have seen referred to as “Sunset Hill.”
Above and below are two wonderful cottages, each with their original name tag affixed to the side of the houses.
The Meramec Highlands train station, sold by the original developer to the railroad for one dollar (to encourage train service to the new resort), sat empty for years, until an architect fixed it up for his own house.
I think this blue house was one of my favorites in the community.
The last building, now a house, was originally a store for the resort, and where bank robbers once hid from the police.