Two Events Coming Up Soon

I would like to invite my readers to two wonderful events coming up this weekend and the first weekend of October. Imagine yourself trapped between two hostile forces during the Civil War in Missouri. Caught in this huge conflict the enslaved Archer Alexander would earn his freedom, because of his brave act at the Peruque Creek bridge…

Sinclair Dinosaur Sighting

It has been over a decade since I last spotted the rare Sinclair Dinosaur, brontosaurus sinclairensus, in its natural habitat of a gas station. This one is in Iowa, in an undisclosed location. Note that the owner has chained it to the canopy support to prevent theft. The one in Dutchtown, which I photographed in…

Dan Fogelberg Memorial, Peoria

“Dan Fogelberg? Who’s Dan Fogelberg?” As at least one friend has remarked to me recently, Google Maps has been arbitrarily highlighting some features and ignoring other more important landmarks. Recently, while scanning around Peoria on Google Satellite, one such arbitrary…

Richard Pryor and Peoria

I had known for awhile that Richard Pryor was from Peoria, but I had always assumed it was one of those situations where he was born there and had moved away when he was a small child. That is far…

In Search of LeTourneau, Peoria

It is amazing how quickly we lose the memory of the huge old factories that once powered America through peacetime, and then when war came, helped defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Few people probably know the LeTourneau name anymore,…

Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville

St. Louis was not the only city in America to embrace the rural cemetery movement. Louisville has Cave Hill Cemetery. Two famous men are buried there, and colored lines lead visitors to their graves. A green line leads you to the grave of Muhammad Ali. On the day I was there, beautiful flowers and inspirational…

Gingham Girl Flour Mill, Chouteau’s Landing

This anonymous cluster of buildings, one of which is obviously a grain elevator, has an incredibly important role in the history of America in the early Twentieth Century. Known variously as the George P. Plant Milling Company as well as the Gingham Girl Flour Mills, and apparently later the Corneli Seed Company by 1950, it…

Hill and North Main Streets, Hannibal

Apparently someone named Samuel Clemens, whose pen name was Mark Twain, was from Hannibal. There’s a statue of two of his most famous characters, Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, at the end of North Main Street. Back down on Hill Street, which intersects with Main, the houses and offices that his father worked and lived…

Bellefontaine Cemetery Late Spring 2020

Things are looking good around Bellefontaine Cemetery this spring, and I took the opportunity to walk around different parts of the grounds to see how the historic mausolea and tombs were doing. First up is this trio of two obelisks and a Corinthian column; compositionally they work together so well. I headed away from there…

Roof Collapse at the Old Palladium

Update: The Palladium was demolished in July of 2022. I learned on Twitter that the historic Palladium, which I wrote about years ago due to its link to African American musical history in America, has suffered a roof collapse, most likely due to the heavy rains in mid January. I observed through a hole, where…