Marion County Courthouse, Hannibal

Yes, there are two Marion County courthouses! As we continue down the Mississippi River Valley, we come to the largest city in Marion County, which is Hannibal. Due to the fact that the city was so much more dominant, a second courthouse was constructed in Hannibal to deal with the larger caseload. I’m sure there’s…

From the Vault: Marion County Courthouse, Palmyra

My family had stopped to get gas in early July of 2008 in downtown Palmyra, and we had seen the amazing Marian County Courthouse, so that is why I came back. Why I never posted these pictures is unknown to me. There are so many courthouses in the Midwest that are similar in form to…

From the Vault: Downtown Palmyra

Downtown Palmyra is typical of many small county seats: an abundance of Italianate storefronts of about two stories high that were built in clusters so they create a “street wall” along Main Street. What is fun to see is how buildings, built at the same time or within the same decade, have taken on lives…

From the Vault: South Main Street, Palmyra

Heading south down the Mississippi River, I realized that I had never posted all of my photographs of Palmyra from July of 2008, having only done one post on the churches of the county seat of Marion County. But it’s an interesting town, so here they are now; first we’ll look at the houses on…

The Rest of the Square, Edina, November 2012

The southern wall of the square is one of the longest preserved row of Italianate storefronts I’ve seen in the Midwest. Its existence is a treasure. It’s changed little since 2008.

Edina, Return to the West Side of the Square, November 2012

In a first for this website, I’m actually publishing pictures I’d let sit around for years after I published later photos. But renewed interest in Edina’s stunning west wall of buildings got me to pull these out of storage. It was an early morning in November 2012, and the light was hitting them beautifully. Read…

Truman State University, Revisited

Based off the campus of the University of Virginia, the grounds of Truman State University still look good after all of these years being gone. But what’s with the parking lots?

Thousand Hills State Park, March 2016

I’ve always been intrigued by the explosion of lakes created by dams in the 1950s and 60s. Created out of valleys to provide “recreation” and a stable water supply, they often are long and snaking affairs. This one is Forest Lake, in Thousand Hills State Park.

Adair County Courthouse, Revisited

The courthouse once had a tower, like most of the courthouses in Northeast Missouri, but it was taken down because of structural issues. The towns up this way are not nearly as wealthy as they used to be, and fixing expensive masonry structures doesn’t happen much anymore. Look at what happened to the Clark County…