The county seat of Scotland County, Memphis, sits high on elevated ground looking out over the farmland of northeastern Missouri. It is a pretty town, with a dramatic setting. It has at least one National Register property, Downing House, which… Continue Reading
Lancaster is the small county seat of Schuyler County, due north of Kirksville on US Highway 63. As with many of the small, sparsely populated counties, Schuyler County required the rebuilding of its courthouse, designed by Kenneth von Aachen. Relatively… Continue Reading
Green City sits in between Kirskville and Milan, and has some interesting house stock, a small downtown, and several beautiful churches. Green Castle is a smaller town to the east of Green City; it possesses a few streets off of… Continue Reading
Sometimes road conditions require a quick snapshot, when you’re not able to hang out for very long. What was the barn used for, when was it abandoned, what is its future?
On a quiet country road, an old abandoned church sits, surrounded by a cemetery. The cemetery is well maintained, and still visited, but the church is no longer needed, so it sits abandoned, and open to the elements.
Frozen in time, it seems, Bethel, north of Shelbyville, is one of the more interesting towns I have visited, and is a must-see for those interested in Antebellum Missouri. One of the largest collections of buildings from before the Civil… Continue Reading
The road heading north from Shelbina into Shelbyville, the county seat, is lined with abandoned houses. An elevator dominates the east side of the road. Relatively isolated away from major highways, the town is still small. The courthouse, designed by… Continue Reading
Starting this week, I’m beginning a series called “Towns I saw on the weather map in college but never visited.” The first town is Shelbina, sitting on US Highway 36 in Shelby County. Its location on rail lines and the now… Continue Reading
On Saturday, probably in order to avoid interrupting traffic on nearby I-70 or the surrounding industrial areas, the first half of the Armour Meat Packing Plant, one of the coolest ruins I have ever had the opportunity to explore, was… Continue Reading
What a bunch of wonderful four-family flats! They all have the same floorplans, probably, but each one is individualized on the front facade. Sadly, most are vacant.