The railroad tracks that snake around the South Riverfront are still used, but they seem more quiet than they used to be over a century ago. I was down this way back in 2017. The views of downtown are vast… Continue Reading
The water in the Mississippi River was high when I took this picture, and the parking lot on the Levee was completely submerged.
You don’t see this much any more down on the Levee. It’s neat to see, but the ranks of riverboats once seen along here will never happen again.
I found some old pictures my family took from the Arch back in 1986-7; in the upper left, you can see the Cupples Warehouses sitting vacant. The first Kiener Plaza, now demolished, was just starting construction. The ash trees are… Continue Reading
C.T. Aubin also published an early fire insurance map for the downtown area of St. Louis; the city had already spread outside of the area shown, but what is show is probably close to 99% gone. So these maps, and… Continue Reading
A reader was kind enough to give me several photos of her family’s trip on the Huck Finn back in the late 1960’s. It’s fascinating to see that the riverfront was already by that time largely cleared of buildings, just… Continue Reading
With the recent removal and dismantlement of the Admiral, the riverfront has lost one of the last (if not particularly healthy) beacons of activity on what was once a bustling wharf. When I first moved to St. Louis, there were… Continue Reading
I wish I could go back in time and tell the mayor of St. Louis that he was making the biggest mistake of his life by building the interstates through the heart of the city. Sixty years later, our… Continue Reading
Update: The Riverfront was completely renovated and now has a different appearance. I never get tired of the view of downtown St. Louis from the river; maybe most people live out in the red brick neighborhoods out of sight of… Continue Reading