Sherman/St. Paul, Revisited

Update: The house above was sadly destroyed by fire during the summer of 2014.

I returned to photograph the small hamlet of Sherman, or sometimes known as St. Paul, or even Jedburgh. I think Sherman is the most prevalent name. I was concerned to see the beautiful farmhouse above sitting vacant the last several times I’ve been out here. Luckily, the storefront below is occupied again as apartments, after a period of vacancy. I find this part of St. Louis County so fascinating; it is incredibly isolated, but has such a rich history. Read my original post here; I am happy to say my photographic skills have improved since then.

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The abandoned Kaes House is nearby, just to the east of Sherman, which you can see in this old post.

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I walked down to the beach, where the water levels were considerably lower than I’m sure after all of the rain in the last two weeks. It was not as low as I’ve seen it before, though.

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The railroad used to be the “Main Street” out here, and with the end of passenger train service, the main line of transportation to this area disappeared.

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The bridge looks to be from the early Twentieth Century.

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I was surprised by the large number of clams (or whatever they are) scattered around the beach.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. samizdat says:

    Mollusks, if I’m not mistaken.

  2. Amy in StL says:

    They’re mussells.

  3. Audrey says:

    I was wondering if you knew the address of this home? I am working on a project which requires me to take photos of old architecture. If you could let me know that would be great. Thanks!

  4. Rick in Ballwin says:

    Sadly, the home in the 1st picture burned last weekend. It was owned by the parks department – really pisses me off.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      A disturbing loss, indeed.

  5. Erin Hagglund says:

    I really appreciate your love for architecture! I live in the old general store and I’m gathering info about our home and the area, which is how I stumbled upon this post. We moved right after the farmhouse burned down. I really hope the Kaes house will better taken care of!

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Erin, sorry I’m just seeing this post! I’m glad you’re taking care of that cool building!

  6. Ann says:

    I graduated from nearby Parkway South in 2012, and when I was in high school there was an urban legend about what I think is the first house pictured that it was the “KKK House” where members of the KKK used to hold meetings. People would tell spooky stories about what might be inside and said it was haunted. We used to drive down the back roads to get a glimpse of it and scare ourselves and our friends. Doubtful as to if there’s any truth behind that legend. It was a beautiful old house and I’m sorry that it burned down.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Interesting, Ann. I graduated from Parkway South in 1996, and there were all sorts of urban legends about the area all the way back when I attended school back then!

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