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Discovering Shaw, Part 4: Russell Boulevard Between Spring Avenue and Grand Boulevard, North Side

Moving east from the corner with Spring Avenue, there is a banquet of exceptional houses on Russell Boulevard, with large cut stone facades and complex dormers and towers on houses. While the house below would probably not have been painted… Continue Reading

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Benton Street Between Third and Sixth Streets, Valley Park

I willing be a guest on KMOX AM 1120 at 8:20 AM on Friday, January 17, 2020 talking about the 100th anniversary of the beginning of Prohibition. Please tune in if you’re able! Valley Park has some great architecture along… Continue Reading

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Fredericktown and Mine La Motte, Madison County

Fredericktown is the picturesque county seat of Madison County, Missouri, south of St. Louis quite a ways in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. It was the site of a Civil War battle due to the nearby lead mines needed… Continue Reading

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Northeast Peoria, August 2019

Perhaps I was being too optimistic when I first documented Peoria northeast of downtown back in 2013. I have been back, and while there is a wonderful group of houses that have been carefully restored back to their original grandeur,… Continue Reading

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West Main Street and Nearby, Peoria

West Main Street shoots up the bluffs from downtown Peoria towards Bradley University, and there is a line of college-related businesses and other amenities. It is sort of a strange mix of buildings, such as the one below, which clearly… Continue Reading

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West High Street, Peoria, Revisited

More precisely, this should be West High Street revisited, and in the first several pictures, an introduction to Moss Avenue, which continues further west along the bluff line above downtown Peoria. The houses along Moss Avenue are from the Twentieth… Continue Reading