Texas Avenue in Benton Park West in between Arsenal and Wyoming streets is due west of Benton Park, and it sits on top of a huge old sinkhole, which was still largely visible in Compton and Dry’s Pictorial St. Louis, published in 1876.
As you can see above, the large sinkhole stretched across Texas Avenue (look to the left, and the fence line of the now-demolished country house to the far left shows the right-of-way.
Looking then at the houses, which are those little one story houses I like a lot, you can see that many of them are crooked and leaning in different directions due to subsidence.
Here are those houses up close; it’s a real shame they’ve been undermined by the poorly compacted fill, as they are really unique and nice little houses.
Back down the block by Wyoming is this amazing Second Empire house, which took the place of the country house seen in Compton and Dry. It is in excellent condition.
And finally, the half-flounder, which was already present in 1876, was sadly damaged in what was probably in an arson several years ago. It should be restored, if possible.
Note the large retaining wall, as the house above was constructed before proper street grading occurred.