Cincinnati Union Terminal

Out on the western edge of the urban core of Cincinnati is the Union Terminal, which while still serving rail connections for the city, is now mostly turned over to museums. There’s a great history of the building here; it was one of the last major train stations built in America and was apparently only…

Union Station, Newly Opened

It’s hard to imagine Union Station as a new building, or to think of Market Street out front as a much narrower thoroughfare than it is today, but both were once true. The train shed was also full carriages, though of course the locomotives stayed outside, due to obvious reasons of not wanting to fill…

From the Vault: Union Station Grand Hall, February 2014

Back in February of 2014, the Grand Hall of Union Station was just starting to undergo its massive renovation into its current incarnation. I snapped some pictures of the public areas. It turns out that some of the original decorative elements had been callously covered up in the 1980s renovation, and they were finding the…

Delmar Station, Wabash Railway Company

I could have sworn I’ve posted pictures of the old Wabash Depot which sits over the train tracks that MetroLink uses. Do you have any memories of using this station when it was open? It’s been closed for decades.

From the Vault: Independence, Iowa

Update: I went back and checked out Independence in July of 2021. See photos of the Mental Health Institution from that trip here. I also revisited First Street East, which you can see here. In the far distance in the picture above, you can see the Wapsipinicon Mill, which I also visited in July of…

Clermont, Iowa

Update: See Montauk, the estate of former Governor William Larrabee. As I came over a high hill in the rugged northeastern corner of Iowa on U.S. Route 18, I looked down into the valley below and I could have sworn I was seeing a village in Vermont. As I entered the town of Clermont, down…

Union Station, Framed

I caught this image of Union Station through a break in the old warehouses and office buildings of downtown.

Milan, Sullivan County

MILAN, Mo., town and county-seat of Sullivan County on the Quincy, Omaha and Kansas City and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroads, about 100 miles east by north of Saint Joseph. It is in an agricultural and stock-raising region, and in the vicinity of bituminous coal fields. The chief manufactures are flour and lumber. Milan…

Rusticated Stone

The former Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, built and dedicated between 141-161 AD provides an excellent example of how Western Civilization has responded to its ancient past. After falling into disrepair, it was converted into the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, strangely occupying the center cella of the old temple. But at one time,…

Meeting of the Waters, Aloe Plaza, Union Station

Ah yes, the “Meeting of the Waters” by Carl Milles in Aloe Plaza; originally it was the “Marriage” but uptight St. Louisans made them change the title. I really like the sculpture group/fountain, because it draws on a long tradition of fountions in Europe, such as the “Diana and Actaeon” fountain at Caserta, outside of…