I went by the Theophile Papin House on the last Saturday of June. It’s being demolished. It’s sad, but honestly, it had been so heavily altered that it wouldn’t really have been feasible or worthwhile to restore it back to… Continue Reading
Opened on August 7, 2015, Bluff View Park off Old State Road is a wonderful new addition to St. Louis County Parks. There seems to be a previous history to the acreage, as there are the remnants of an old… Continue Reading
There’s this genteel old house sitting out on St. Albans Road on Manchester Road, way out in Wildwood. It was built in 1913 by J.P. Connell, the president of the Glencoe Clay Company for $1,800. It was a nice house,… Continue Reading
I went to an estate sale in one of the largest remaining pieces of farmland left outside of the river bottoms or in the furthest reaches of St. Louis County. It sold recently, and its future is now uncertain. I… Continue Reading
Against all odds, the last of five cottonwood trees planted several generations ago is still alive. The debris from when it was hit by lightning has been cleaned up since 2016.
Things are looking good around the family farm, even if it has been a dry summer. The barns are now surrounded by grass and corn.
I have become fascinated with the Griesedieck family, the “lost” brewing family of St. Louis. Everyone’s heard of the Busches and Lemps, but for much of the Twentieth Century, the three branches of the Griesedieck family fought competitively for dominance… Continue Reading
Some parts of the metropolitan region will never be developed hopefully. I had spotted this swath of river bottom north of the Missouri River from Google Maps in the past, and last weekend we drove out and took a look… Continue Reading