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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Cape Girardeau selected for unique historic preservation project
Posted Tuesday, August 26, at 10:00 AM
This has been another rough year for historic sites in Cape Girardeau. The Fountain Street log house is doomed, the Marquette building is vacant, a storefront on Good Hope Street collapsed, a Queen Anne style house on William Street was demolished, the Reynolds House is still in limbo, and the owners of the Ponder House are struggling to find a use for it...

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Tour the railroad depots of Southern Illinois
Posted Wednesday, August 13, at 8:00 PM

"Nothing was more up-to-date when it was built, or is more obsolete today, than the railroad station." -- Ada Louise Huxtable, New York Times architecture critic, 1972 In the heyday of railroading, many local towns revolved around their train stations and depots. These facilities served as portals to the rest of the modern world and, as a result, functioned as important community gathering places...

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Log house on Fountain Street: It's do or die time
Posted Sunday, July 20, at 9:09 PM

I've written before the discovery of a log house at 818 N. Fountain Street, previously hidden beneath a mundane exterior. This isn't the first time something like this has happened in Cape Girardeau. In 1994, the city condemned a house at 127 S. Frederick Street. ...

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Where did Shinbone Alley come from?
Posted Tuesday, June 24, at 2:30 PM

Among all of Cape Girardeau's streets, Shinbone Alley easily has the most colorful name. It's a shame that it doesn't have any street signs. Shinbone Alley sits a half-block south of Good Hope Street in the Haarig district. One of my college professors liked to say that Cape Girardeau is a weird city because it has two downtowns. It's true: in its heyday, Haarig was just as much a "downtown" as the commercial district on Main Street...

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Summer is the best time to visit Cave Creek Glade
Posted Wednesday, June 11, at 10:00 AM

Bushwhacking through the weeds is usually not a pleasant experience in the summer, thanks to the biting insects and snakes that are lurking underneath. Nevertheless, Southern Illinois does feature one location that is well worth the effort to visit in the summer...

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Cape Girardeau's log house named to statewide most endangered list
Posted Tuesday, May 20, at 10:15 PM

I've written before about the log house that has been hiding at 818 N. Fountain Street. Today, the site was named to Missouri's Most Endangered Historic Places list. A news release from Missouri Preservation explains the situation: The current appearance of what was the Franz Schmidt Cabin -- a frame Bungalow design typical of the 1930s -- belies its original form. ...

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Explore Royal Gorge from a different angle
Posted Monday, May 12, at 11:00 AM

Iron County is lucky to have two new hiking trails completed within the last year. I've blogged previously about the Shepherd Mountain Trail, completed last summer by the City of Ironton. More recently, the Missouri Department of Conservation has opened a trail above Royal Gorge at Ketcherside Mountain Conservation Area...

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A look inside the Frizel-Welling House
Posted Wednesday, April 30, at 5:00 PM

Last year, I wrote about the Frizel-Welling House in Jackson and its listing as one of Missouri's Most Endangered Historic Places. The situation has improved greatly since then. A new owner -- Steve Ford of Franklin, Tennessee -- has purchased the property and intends to turn it into a museum...

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When mines collapse
Posted Tuesday, April 22, at 10:00 AM

Here's a shocking sight: daylight visible through a hole in a narrow ridge. It might look like a natural arch, but it's most definitely an unnatural arch. This scene is entirely man-made, the result of mining activity. It's located in Alexander County, Illinois, less than 20 miles from Cape Girardeau...

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Road to Millstone Lake repaired
Posted Tuesday, April 8, at 9:10 PM

I've written before about Millstone Lake, a reservoir in Southern Illinois that has overtopped its emergency spillway multiple times, creating a massive scour hole with a variety of rock formations and fossils. When I previously visited in January, the access road came to a sudden end at a deep scour hole. Recently, the hole was filled, allowing access to the parking area and boat ramp again. The road is still rather bumpy, though...

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McClure deploys cutting-edge radar technology
Posted Tuesday, April 1, at 12:00 AM

I never expected McClure, Illinois, to be a testing ground for the latest in technological innovation. But a road sign at the beginning of Grapevine Trail in McClure makes the truth quite plain. When I first passed this sign, I could only think, "What was that again?"...

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Splatterstone Falls: Another gem at Jackson Hollow
Posted Monday, March 24, at 3:00 PM

Jackson Hollow, as I've described earlier, is full of geologic wonders. But that's just one canyon. The next canyon to the south is also impressive, but it doesn't have an official name. At the head of this canyon, water drops from the bluff and splatters on the ledges below. Geocachers have dubbed this Splatterstone Falls, an unofficial name as good as any other...

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Jackson Hollow is worth multiple visits
Posted Sunday, March 16, at 8:37 PM

In the past, I've written about Rock Formation Fatigue, that feeling of indifference after encountering yet another spectacular natural wonder. At the beginning of a hike, you might take twenty photos of a waterfall, but by the end of the day, you've become jaded and only take a couple photos of an even better waterfall...

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Jackson Hollow: The crown jewel of Southern Illinois canyons
Posted Tuesday, March 11, at 9:00 AM

Southern Illinois is filled with rugged sandstone canyons, each with its own blend of bluffs, waterfalls, rock shelters, glades, and boulders. Of these canyons, it's hard to top Jackson Hollow northeast of Vienna for the sheer insanity of rock formations crammed into one hollow...

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It's peak season for armadillos
Posted Wednesday, March 5, at 9:32 AM

I've blogged in the past about seeing armadillos in the wild. These critters are usually not active in broad daylight, but during a harsh winter, they have little choice but to desperately forage for food in the daytime. Of course roadkill armadillos can be seen anywhere and anytime, but this is the peak season to see live ones. I spotted this specimen rummaging through the leaves next to Moccasin Springs Road at Trail of Tears State Park...

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Blog without words: Something to bookmark and enjoy this summer when the temperature is 101F
Posted Monday, February 17, at 9:47 PM

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The winter wonderland at Cedar Lake
Posted Sunday, February 16, at 10:34 PM

Spring is just around the corner -- we can only hope -- but our harsh winter has delivered some beautiful ice formations. Cove Hollow, located next to Cedar Lake in Southern Illinois, features a giant icicle dangling from the top of a rock shelter...

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Hike the new trail at Shepherd Mountain
Posted Monday, February 10, at 8:00 PM

"The Shepherd Mountain ore is perhaps the best iron-ore in Missouri." -- Iron Ores of Missouri and Michigan, 1876 With names like Iron County, Ironton, Iron Mountain, and Irondale, it's clear that iron mining played a key part in local history. Shepherd Mountain, a large peak rising above the town of Ironton, was one of the first places to be worked by iron miners...

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Badlands of Southern Illinois just got badder
Posted Tuesday, January 14, at 4:00 PM

In a previous blog, I described the badlands at Millstone Lake near Vienna, Illinois. Rainstorms in 2008 and 2011 caused the reservoir to overflow, scouring deep crevices into the emergency spillway. Since then, another rainstorm has brought even more erosion and enlarged the badlands...

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Devil's Island causeway partially repaired
Posted Friday, January 10, at 10:00 AM

Two years ago, I wrote that a portion of the causeway at Devil's Island had collapsed, rendering it virtually impossible to reach the island except by boat. A few days ago, I received a tip from an alert reader who found that the causeway had been partially repaired. Sure enough, rip-rap has been brought in, connecting the causeway with the Illinois mainland again...

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