The North Side from the McKinley Bridge

Looking north up the river, we see the old warehouses and factories of the Near North Riverfront. You can see the City Museum off in the distance. Next up are the warehouses of the United Bags Company along North Broadway. St. Liborius is in view in the St. Louis Place neighborhood. There is the old…

Around Buchanan County, Iowa, July 2022

In a clockwise route, we explored various small towns in Buchanan County, starting in the northeast with Lamont, where we first spied this foundation above left behind but incorporated into a horse enclosure. There was also a half-flounder downtown on the main street, though I don’t know how old it was. Another sight was a…

Penrose, July 2022, Part One, North Newstead Avenue and Environs

I’ll be honest; I got totally lost in the Penrose on Saturday. I really love the neighborhood because it’s so hidden away and so few people know about. I wanted to get back and see how it was doing, and show off more of its great, well-kept streets and tidy streets. But I don’t know…

Around Marshall County, Illinois, June 2022

North of Washburn is the town of La Rose, which is in Marshall County. The country actually has two parts on either side of the Illinois River. The town is dominated by a grain elevator, a part of which looks to be quite old. The booth for the truck scale is still standing, much like…

The South Side, Peoria

My trip up to Central Illinois in mid June took me to all sorts of random surprises, including several new churches and other sights, and that is why I enjoy doing what I do. It is often totally random. But sometimes my totally random path takes me through neighborhoods that tell stories that I don’t…

Former Bridge, Beach & Co., Revisited

I’ve looked at the massive Bridge, Beach & Co. factory on North Union Boulevard twice before, once in August of 2014 and then again in November of 2018. It seems to stretch onto blocks on both sides of Brown Avenue and terminates on the west side of Geraldine Avenue. The Sanborn Map from 1920 shows…

New Stock House, Lemp Brewery

I wrote about the New Stock House at the Lemp Brewery at St. Louis Magazine a few years ago, but I realized I had never really taken any pictures of it in the morning light, which I did recently. It was one of the last and most modern buildings built at the brewery, and was…

Looking Out Over South St. Louis

I recently was up on top of the roof of a warehouse in the Fox Park neighborhood just to the west of the intersection of Gravois and South Jefferson avenues, and I snapped these quick photos. Above is to the northeast. Below is to the northwest. Below is to the west. Below is to the…

Secor, Woodford County, Illinois

The giant grain elevator in Secor had long attracted my attention on my drive west of El Paso on U.S. Highway 24 on my way to Eureka, Illinois, but this time I decided to go visit and take a look…