Old Parks College, Cahokia, Illinois

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A reader sent me some fascinating shots of the now-abandoned Parks College in Cahokia.  It seems to have been completely given over to nature, with little interest shown to cleaning up the site.  I suppose it wasn’t the concern of the owners.  All photos courtesy of www.neweyedea.com.  Thanks again for providing an example of relatively new ruins.

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  1. David

    10/14/2013, 10:07 am

    The old campus was owned by St. Louis University who donated it to the village of Cahokia when they merged campuses in 1996

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  2. Dawn

    10/16/2013, 05:13 pm

    My father worked for Parks until the closing of the college in ’96. I had so many good memories of going on campus to visit him for lunch when I was little. I lived in Cahokia until 2007 and SLU had tried to sell if for about 10 years before handing it over to the village. It really makes me sad to see it like this. I’ve wanted to go over and take pics for a while, but was worried about how often the city watches the property.

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    • Maryanne

      10/20/2013, 08:06 am

      When we took pictures there was a cop sitting in the parking lot. There are no ‘no trespassing’ signs but he asked us not to go inside for safety reasons. We walked around for awhile then he came back to find us and offered to take us in one building (in the pictures) after asking if we were media and what the pictures were for.

      The nearby fitness center reports parked cars to the police…

      One building has been bought and converted to a grill or pizza parlor or something. You could probably park there.

      Because the buildings are stripped of valuables the police said they usually only find former students walking around.

      If you do walk around the outside of the buildings just keep an eye out for poison oak and some very large spiders. Ick.

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  3. Andrew

    10/17/2013, 01:10 am

    Cool photos. For what it’s worth, Parks still does flight and maintenance training in Cahokia and those students have to commute across the river. That said, the new facility in Midtown is much nicer, although it is being outgrown despite being about twenty years old. (Odd note: McDonnell Douglas Hall where Parks College is currently housed has two separated basements. Supposedly it straddles a large sewer line.)

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  4. Allison

    03/20/2014, 03:58 pm

    As a student, I worked at the library. Seeing the door to that building was a real flashback. The dorms have been overtaken by the Ivy. And I can’t believe stooges is still there.

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