Update: I went back to Pleasantview Road in August of 2019. I’m eternally fascinated by the relatively isolated Pleasantview Road, with its beautiful barns and farmhouses. The rubble up above used to be a corn crib, I believe. Pleasantview School,… Continue Reading
The Dickhaus-Stemme House sits within a short walk of Daniel Boone’s Missouri grave. It’s a great example of Greek Revival architecture in a rural setting. The friendly owners have begun to assemble a group of buildings around the house. Their… Continue Reading
The isolated southern side of the Meramec River Valley continues to fascinate us. We had previously spotted this railroad viaduct the last trip, and this time we drove down. It’s developed quite the patina over the years. Pevely Farms was… Continue Reading
Update: Demolished by late 2015. Now the site of a giant subdivision. Someone died, and that meant it was time to sell off his land for a bunch of McMansions. He was one of the last holdouts, selling fruits and… Continue Reading
Out west are all sorts of surprises, tucked between the valleys and subdivisions are old log cabins, such as the one off of Valley Road, or the old farmhouse off of Strecker. This old farm house below has sat empty… Continue Reading
The Bauernhof at Grant’s Farm comes from German, meaning “farm court,” which refers to the walled, building-lined compound that still typifies many farms in Germany. The architecture is typical of Sixteenth Century German states, which is an interesting mix of… Continue Reading
I am continually fascinated by St. Paul Road, which wanders back deep into the hills of southwestern St. Louis County. In particular, right at this horribly dangerous curve (the road is 1.5 lanes wide here), there is this cluster of… Continue Reading
The two historic barns on the family farm are looking good; freed from the muddy cattle lots which surrounded them for decades, they now sit in green grass and ground cover.
Somehow, perhaps merely for sentimental reasons, the owner of the severely damaged, but historic barn on the edge of the sprawl in Washington, Illinois, has kept it still standing.