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.
The house which sat on top of Sugar Load Mound has been demolished by the Osage Nation. The lower platform of the mound to the north still has one house left.
The South Riverfront, cut off by cliffs and I-55, is not as immediately accessible as the North Riverfront. But it still holds its curiosities, like this elevator, below. These cliffs looks natural, as they seem to undulate, as if water… Continue Reading
The near south riverfront, just below the Arch grounds on the Mississippi, is still a fascinating place. This giant crane, for example, is a mystery to me; what was it used for? Then there’s this giant railroad trestle, which slowly… Continue Reading
There is a large portion of the city cut off by the interstates. Up north, we see mostly devastation, as people fled living next to an interstate on the west and industry on the east. Down south, it’s not so… 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
Located down an isolated road that looks like it goes nowhere are the buildings of what was once a Merck pharmaceuticals factory, and an adjacent factory that may have been owned by Merck or at least operated in tandem to… Continue Reading
I was showing someone the municipal incinerator down on Gasconade Street. It’s an impressive structure, and from I understand, it still burns our garbage. It’s a shame it doesn’t capture the electrical potential of that heat like Baltimore’s incinerator does.… Continue Reading
I love this Sanborn Map, almost completely worthless for the needs of fire insurance pricing (can railroad tracks catch on fire?), and bordering more on the abstract. Imagine all of those lines full with trains.
In the area I refer to as part of the South Riverfront, is the former mixed use neighborhood of Kosciusko. It’s been mostly demolished, but as I investigated several years ago, there are still a couple of buildings left from… Continue Reading