First Missouri State Capitol

Looks like there’s a new visitors’ center attached to the First Capitol. Interesting to imagine how state politics would have been different if the capital hadn’t been moved to Jefferson City.

Front or Back Porches? Main Street, St. Charles

A tour guide once told me these were actually the fronts of these buildings, not the sides facing Main Street. Tour guides tend to make up stuff, so I don’t know if this is true or not. It might make sense, as it would be facing the river.

Blanchette Chouteau Mill, St. Charles

When I was little, I loved this mill. Unfortunately, I don’t think the waterwheel is real anymore, but rather the water is pumped up to the headrace and then it goes over the wheel. For a great book about mills, read David Macauley’s great book on the subject.