Chain of Rocks Bridge Abstractions

Update: See earlier photographs of the Chain of Rocks Bridge from 2009, 2010 and 2015. Also, see pictures of the two water intake towers below the bridge here from 2010.

Mississippi River, South of the Chain of Rocks

Update: See newer pictures of the Chain of Rocks Bridge here. Since the construction of the Chain of Rocks Canal, the stretch of Mississippi River between the entrances of that canal is the longest portion of the navigable channel without barge or large boat traffic. It is sublimelybeautiful, and worth seeing in person on a…

North Riverfront, Revisited Again

The North Riverfront remains a fascinating, historic place. But I often find myself stymied by closed streets (though not as bad as on the South Riverfront), and superblocks that formed over the years. Also, sometimes street names change, as well. But I was lucky to discover that there was once a giant stockyards on the…

The Northernmost Houses in St. Louis

The City of St. Louis, over a century ago, kept a little “tail” of St. Louis County that stretches way up north, encompassing the city’s all-important Bissell Point water intake plants. But the odd part: there are houses up this way as well, overlooking the river. Back from the bluffs, on the former grounds of…

Demolition, North Broadway at John Street

I guess I always just took this massive warehouse, with its large painted signs, for granted. But when I drove by this week, I realized it was not long for this world. Built in 1900 (I suspect the section at left was older), and demolished for a contract of $90,000, it now creates yet another…

Lookaway Drive

Who would have thought there was such a wonderful pocket of early Twentieth century houses a stone’s throw away from the Mississippi River in the far northern reaches of the city? I learned of the street from Noco STL, and had to check it out myself. Surrounded by run-down apartment buildings, these houses are still…

Roundhouse, Hall Street

I went and visited the roundhouse on North Hall Street; there is very little left, but there is clear evidence of such a structure existing up this way.

Far North Riverfront

While the Near North Riverfront gets more attention because it’s easier to see from downtown, the Far North Riverfront holds some interesting surprises as well. Above, this very cool building anchors the Bissell Point Waterworks, or Waste Treatment Center, not sure which one. I like its curving lines. Unbeknownst to a lot of people, the…