Alley Spring Mill, Shannon County

Dating from 1893, Alley Spring Mill, or just Alley Mill, is one of the most picturesque places that I have found in Missouri. Deep in the woods of the southern part of the state in Shannon County, it sits near a spring, so the water is still a vibrant blue color when it flows through…

Route 19 Bridge Over Round Spring, Shannon County

Built in 1930 by C. F. Johnson & Son, this span is also known as the Spring Valley Bridge, according to Bridgehunter.com. It is interesting to think that even though it was built in the Twentieth Century, it is approaching the one hundred year mark.

Salem, Dent County

The Dent County Courthouse in Salem is one of the more interesting courthouses in Missouri, and I can’t help but notice that it looks like a Second Empire house. I even remember my time in Washington, DC, and loving one of the houses on Logan Circle, and it bears a striking similarity in massing. The…

Main Street, Louisiana, Missouri

The beautiful architecture continues, and quiet descends on Main Street, one block east of Third Street (seriously, the lack of mufflers on the trucks in Louisiana is a serious detractor from quality of life). Above, there’s a Gothic Revival cottage, and below there’s a rare Italianate villa with its tower placed on the front facade….

Third Street, Louisiana, Missouri

Third Street is the main north-south corridor in Louisiana, Missouri, heading up to the bridge that crosses over the Mississippi River. The bridge was actually just replaced in the last year or so, and recently removed. Third Street rises dramatically up the hill towards the bridge (which has no western approaches since the bluff is…

Former St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Hannibal

It must be a hidden talent, but the first major building we stumbled upon coming into Hannibal was a giant abandoned building, which in this case is the former St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. It’s the usual story; it was founded over a century ago by nuns, it was added on to repeatedly over the last one…

North Sixth Street, Hannibal

Turning left onto North Street, there is a Greek Revival house that has seen many changes over the years. I suspect it may have been built before street grading, and it is also obvious that its front door originally was in the far right bay of the front facade–note the overly wide lintel and poorly…

North Fifth Street, Hannibal

North Fifth Street goes up a steep hill, and is lined an array of beautiful homes built from what I would suspect are the 1850s through 1900, with the majority built around and after the Civil War. Starting at the bottom of the hill, at Center Street, we see a Queen Anne style house on…

North Fourth Street, Hannibal

Trinity Episcopal Church, designed by Joseph A. Miller in the Gothic Revival style, has a history going back over 150 years in Hannibal. The stained glass windows have an excellent pedigree of our own Emil Frei & Associates alongside Louis Comfort Tiffany. It might not be the largest church in the city, but it must…

Hannibal and the River and Railroads

North Main Street is a National Register District, and the buildings house a bunch of businesses that cater to the tourist crowd that comes from around the world to see the hometown of Mark Twain. The houses are humble right by the water, as well, as you’d expect for the wharf stevedores (does anyone use…