Far North County Adventures

I recently had the opportunity to view some interesting sights in the far northern reaches of St. Louis County. Starting off above is a picture of the terminus of Bubblehead Road, a local legend among teenagers in North County. Below is Pelican Island, located in Sioux Passage County Park; when the water is low you can walk out to the island from the mainland.

Located far off in the distance, the Portage des Sioux Power Plant looms over the bottomlands along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.

I had never been this far up into North County in over twenty years, and I have no memory of the area except for the County Park. Much of the area is still rural, as this shot along Sinks Road illustrates. Sinks Road takes its name from the “sinks,” a geologic formation in northern St. Louis County. A few years back someone built some houses on top of these famous sinkholes, and the houses, well, sank.

Update: The house below is located in the subdivision with a cluster of sinkholes, which I photographed a decade later, in April of 2019, in the daylight.

Finally, it becomes apparent that McMansion construction has not spared this corner of St. Louis County, as this monstrosity nestled in the valley illustrates.

If you have the time, take Old Halls Ferry Road north and tour one of the last rural areas of the St. Louis area.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. I lived out in this area during the early 1970s. My mother was born and raised in Soulard, so when she was brought out HERE, she felt like she'd left the planet!There actually has been quite a bit of McMansion creep in this area over the last 15 years. Every time we tour the area it's a chain of "That used to be a farmer's field….that used to be woods….that used to be…."But you're right that, in general, it's still pretty rural. Fingers crossed it stays that way!

  2. I live a mile away from Sioux Passage Park, and I remember growing up being scared of the Bubbleheads. I never ventured over to where they lived, but I had friends that did. What a weird urban legend – haven't thought about it in years! And speaking of McMansions, Cedric the Entertainer's Mom is said to live on Vaile Rd, close to Sioux Passage Park.

  3. Carrico Woods Resident says:

    As a Carrico Woods Resident, I LOVE the St. Louis County Police. They show up right away when we call about the trespassing Bubblehead Idiots. They write dozens of tickets. There’s nothing down here and no reason to trespass because we have cameras and the STL County Police on Speed Dial.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      I completely understand, and I always make sure to stress that I never condone trespassing. I received permission to photograph on all the private property in these pictures on this site.

    2. Me says:

      You are a bubble head thats why u so mad man tell the truth bubble head

  4. Shane says:

    I recorded some video just off Carrico Rd with permission of the land owner! The area I was in was Very close to a crossing over to the island. I said Nothing yet at the end of the video there’s a rather disincentive voice saying “Hay You!” I as well do Not advise people to go down this private road you Will be arrested for trespassing!!!!

  5. Quest says:

    How does one get permission to video and take pics of these places

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      All of these pictures were taken on public property or public right-of-way. No permission is needed!

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