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.