The Foerg Monument commemorates three burials of the family on the Adam Lemp Plot. Henry, Augusta and Ferdinand are three mysterious figures from St. Louis history that I am investigating. Stay tuned.
I’ve always been intrigued by the simplicity of Adam Lemp’s monument in Bellefontaine Cemetery. A large upright stone, sitting in a field of grass. His wife’s name is not mentioned on the monument, even though she is buried nearby. One… Continue Reading
Coming through the ice house on the Lemp Brewery’s property, a rail line came down Potomac, and curved northward to hook up to the Iron Mountain Railroad. While the middle of the curving path is now gone due to the… Continue Reading
Portions of the Lemp Brewery date back to the Civil War, when William J. Lemp Sr. began to build his new brewery right in the shadow of a fort that guarded the city, just to the west. The malt kiln’s… Continue Reading
Now that the nonsense surrounding the Lemp impostor seems to be over, the charlatan banished to obscurity, Bellefontaine Cemetery is allowing limited visitors into the family’s mausoleum, with legitimate heirs’ expressed permission. Many people may not realize it, but less… Continue Reading
This postcard must date from the early Twentieth Century because of the Art Nouveau borders on the pictures. But they are stunning, showing the tunnels that allowed beer to move between buildings, a later addition to the brewery. Likewise, the… Continue Reading
Listen to the podcast where Martin Casas, director of the Saint Louis Swap Meet, interviews me about the history of the Lemp Brewery.
Seven years ago, I traveled to the southwestern corner of Kirkwood, where it abuts Sunset Hills to search for the home of Edwin Lemp, the last heir of William Lemp Sr. Edwin’s magnificent country house sits high above the Meramec… Continue Reading
That crazy bend in I-55 just south of the brewery was not planned; it was added later to save the DeMenil Mansion, which in turn saved the old Lemp Mansion and several buildings of the Lemp Brewery to the south.… Continue Reading
Looking for something to do this afternoon? I’m offering the tour my walking tour of South Side breweries and owners’ homes October 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM. As before we will start at the entrance to the parking lot of… Continue Reading