Back behind those bushes and trees, and up over a hill, are the graves of hundreds, perhaps thousands of former residents of the Robert Koch Hospital. It is now private property, and no trespassing is allowed, but I hope one… Continue Reading
I sometimes find it hard to believe there was once life on the riverfront. It’s just a giant empty expanse of concrete, partially buried train tracks and vacant lots awaiting “redevelopment” that’s probably never coming.
I got back up to the Western Lutheran Cemetery, founded in 1865, and I made some new observations now that the grass is shorter. This is easily one of the most historic, if largely forgotten, cemeteries in the region, and… Continue Reading
Why do I keep coming back to the old abandoned nursing home at Blair and Grand? Its sudden, rapid vandalism is still so shocking to me, and others. Its out of town owners don’t seem to care. I do know… Continue Reading
A reader graciously sent me some more images of Parks College, as well as one postcard of what the school looked like in better days. My original post about the college has elicited the most comments, up there with the… Continue Reading
The eastern half of the 1000 block of Gimblin is devastated. It’s hard to imagine this when it was still occupied. There’s also huge amounts of illegal dumping, and the streets are littered with trash.
Rugged Hyde Park, for which its neighborhoods is named, is one of the last places in the area that has at least some of the original topography of the land. The lake is beautiful, and recently was renovated, as evidenced… Continue Reading
I went back over to Exchange Avenue to see what has been happening on the border between the old stockyards and East St. Louis. Much of what I photographed in the earlier post is now gone. I saw some houses… Continue Reading
It’s just getting worse and worse around here at the old abandoned nursing home. There has been more and more deterioration and more vandalism.
Way up north, southeast of the intersection of Kingshighway and Natural Bridge Avenue, sits the Western Lutheran Cemetery. Since individual Lutheran churches all possessed their own cemetery, many of these burial grounds suffered when their church congregation folded. This is… Continue Reading