Update: See my return to the park in October of 2018. Added Photo of former statue of DeSoto in July of 2022.
Carondelet Park is the third largest park in St. Louis, and the anchor of the southern end of the city around Holly Hills and Carondelet; it was established in 1876, shortly after the city annexed the southern town.
Originally, at least partially, part of the Lyle Estate, whose Italianate house you can see above (apparently it’s the oldest frame house in the city), it was also made up of other pieces of property.
The park’s trees are beautiful, and even in the fading light of the winter sky, it is a beautiful sight; you can spot the houses lining the park through the branches.
The railroad bridge is quite old, and dates from 1873, I believe.? A butcher who used to serve my parents at the Straubs in Town and Country told us he grew up near here and would taunt the hobos who lived under the bridge back in the 1940’s.
There was apparently a statue of explorer Ferdinand de Soto in the park, but it was built of perishable materials, deteriorated rapidly, and was removed.