J.R. Manning

About Me 

Email: thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net

I'm just a regular guy who likes old stuff - mostly old cars, old buildings, old highways and old bridges. I'm not a professional historian nor an engineer, I'm just a guy who likes history and wants to help document all these wonderful old structures before they're gone.

Old cars: In 2003, I drove my 1929 Model A Ford, "Sonja," to Manhattan where I met up with 53 other nuts in 26 other cars. We drove the Lincoln Highway to San Francisco. Sonja was the oldest car in the parade, and if you visit the Bridge Hunter site, you'll notice that some photos of Lincoln Highway Bridges were taken through Sonja's windshield. Sonja shows up in a few pics around here, too.

Ames Monument

Yup, we were there, too. The Ames Monument in Wyoming.

Old Highways: Well, as you've probably noticed, I'm a fan of the Lincoln Highway and I posted several LH bridges on the Bridge Hunter site. I'm intrigued by many of the named highways of the United States and what America's highways were like before 1926 when they became numbered roads. Just yesterday, I found myself on the Herbert Hoover Highway in Iowa. I often find myself on the Wisconsin segment of The Yellowstone Trail.

Old Bridges and Landmarks: I'm particularly fond of trusses, arches and movable crossings, including movable bridges and ferries. We seem to have a great number of movable bridges in Wisconsin and it's been fun to hunt them down.

There's nothing like the thrill of finding an interesting bridge or landmark, especially when you're not even looking. (I found the two bridges in Waushara County by accident - I was on my way to somewhere else and just came across them.) I came across a beautiful Queen Anne in Dubuque recently that isn't on the NRHP but is a local landmark and will add it to our little database.

Dogs

Did you ever have the feeling, when shooting a landmark, that you were being watched?

A few years ago, I had the good fortune to have a job that sent me all over the midwest. I took several thousand photographs for my employer, and when I had time off, what did I do? Shot photos of bridges and landmarks.

Oh, one more thing. I don't take life too seriously, after all, I'm never going to get out of it alive, anyway. If one of my posts doesn't seem just quite right, you might just want to read it again. ;)

EDITED TO ADD: I've often told my friends that I'm one of the few people who can say that I've visited every county in Wisconsin, all 72 of them. Other than politicians looking for state-wide election, it's not something most people aspire to and I'm not even sure why I established that as a goal. Just the same, if you look at every county on the Wisconsin map, you will find photos that bear my copyright of several landmarks in each Wisconsin county.

Wisconsin is a beautiful state, I've always enjoyed living here. The politics drive me nuts sometimes, but I suppose that is true wherever you go. When you put that aside and look at the beauty here, you realize that each county has something interesting to offer. From the rolling cornfields of Polk County, to the breath taking Apostle Islands in Bayfield and Ashland Counties, the lakes of Oneida County, the orchards of Door County, the unbelievable Driftless Area of the southwest, the Kettle Moraine of the east and the combination of natural and man-made landscapes in Milwaukee, there's something of interest everywhere.

Recent Updates 

Joel M. Pruyn Block (Columbia County, Wisconsin)

April 23, 2017: New photos
Job Mills Block (Columbia County, Wisconsin)

April 23, 2017: New photos
Frank T. and Polly Lewis House (Columbia County, Wisconsin)

April 23, 2017: New photos
Daniel and Nellie Byrns House (Columbia County, Wisconsin)

April 23, 2017: New photos
Clara F. Bacon House (Columbia County, Wisconsin)

April 23, 2017: New photos
Lodi Downtown Historic District (Columbia County, Wisconsin)
Downtown Lodi Historic District
April 23, 2017: New photos
Racine Depot (Racine County, Wisconsin)
Brick railroad station repurposed as part of the city's mass transit hub
April 23, 2017: New video
Forevertron (Sauk County, Wisconsin)
World's Largest Scrap Iron Sculpture
April 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated description
Airline Telephone Booth (Washington County, Arkansas)
Airlight Telephone Booth
March 24, 2017: New photo
Visitation Convent Complex (Waukesha County, Wisconsin)
A campus of buildings of several architectural styles, including the convent, infirmary, school, orphanage and cemetery.
March 19, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added Description and photos
Ben and Margaret Stone Boathouse (Vilas County, Wisconsin)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
BRP Waukegan (Lake County, Illinois)
A n old factory that is now subdivided into offices and testing for BRP.
March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Libertyville High School Brainerd Building (Lake County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Libertyville High School Brainerd Building (Lake County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
William McCormick Blair Estate (Lake County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Edison Park (Cook County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Home Bank and Trust Company (Cook County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Continental and Commercial National Bank (Cook County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Falconer Bungalow Historic District (Cook County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Robert Vial House (Cook County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Palmer Park (Cook County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Mr. J. William de Coursey O'Grady House (Cook County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Lumber Exchange Building and Tower Addition (Cook County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Lincoln Park Lily Pool (Cook County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Vassar Swiss Underwear Company Building (Cook County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
William H. Hatch House (Cook County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Steuben Club, The (Cook County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Building at 399 West Fullerton Parkway (Cook County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Lindemann and Hoverson Company Showroom and Warehouse (Cook County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
West Burton Place Historic District (Cook County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Epworth Methodist Episcopal Church (Cook County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Community House (Cook County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Otis Elevator Company Factory Building (Cook County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Inland Steel Building (Cook County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Cooordinates
Independence Park (Cook County, Illinois)

March 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Cooordinates
Mr. Robert Silhan House (Cook County, Illinois)

March 11, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Cooordinates
Talman West Ridge Bungalow Historic District (Cook County, Illinois)

March 11, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Cooordinates
South Shore Bungalow Historic District (Cook County, Illinois)

March 11, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Cooordinates
Harriet F. Rees House (Cook County, Illinois)

March 11, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Cooordinates
Ravenswood Manor Historic District (Cook County, Illinois)

March 11, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Cooordinates
International Tailoring Company Building (Cook County, Illinois)

March 11, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Cooordinates
McCall Street Historic District (Boundary Expansion) (Waukesha County, Wisconsin)
A significant neighborhood of important houses and eclectic architectural styles
March 5, 2017: New photos
Wisconsin Concrete Park (Price County, Wisconsin)
Sculpture garden of self-taught artisan, Fred Smith
March 5, 2017: New video
McCall Street Historic District (Boundary Expansion) (Waukesha County, Wisconsin)
A significant neighborhood of important houses and eclectic architectural styles
March 4, 2017: New photos
McCall Street Historic District (Boundary Expansion) (Waukesha County, Wisconsin)
A significant neighborhood of important houses and eclectic architectural styles
February 26, 2017: Essay added
McCall Street Historic District (Boundary Expansion) (Waukesha County, Wisconsin)
A significant neighborhood of important houses and eclectic architectural styles
February 26, 2017: Added
McCall Street Historic District (Waukesha County, Wisconsin)
Original 1983 NRHP listing for the HD, updated in the 1993 Boundary Expansion
February 26, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and photos
The Ivanhoe (Racine County, Wisconsin)
Queen Anne style restaurant/tavern that was once a Pabst tied house
February 25, 2017: New photo
Paragon Park Carousel (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)
Philadelphia Toboggan Company carousel undergoing continuous restoration
February 25, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added Description and Links to Resources
Historic Sixth Street Business District (Racine County, Wisconsin)
The gateway to Racine's downtown commercial district
February 25, 2017: New photos

Recent Comments 

Posted July 2, 2013

Now that you mention it, baseball would be a lot less interesting without mounds 60'6" away from home.

Posted June 25, 2013

I didn't want to be the start of a third mound.

Posted May 31, 2013

Andrew, do you know much about the Mothman Prophecies and the collapse of the Silver Bridge? Perhaps you could enlighten us.

Posted May 7, 2013

Great find, Andrew. I think this site should be added to the Effigy Mounds category as it seems to meet the qualifications for inclusion.

http://landmarkhunter.com/tag/68017-effigy-mounds/

Posted May 7, 2013

Great find, Andrew. I wonder if this site should be added to the Effigy Mounds category?

http://landmarkhunter.com/tag/68017-effigy-mounds/

Posted April 10, 2013

Looks like it could use a coat of paint. I'd suggest Aura® in Ghostly Gray with Spectre Spruce trim.

Posted November 11, 2012

According to the wcfCourier, the $6.5 million referendum to build a new courthouse went down to defeat by a 3-2 margin. According to the same newspaper, supervisors said they would pursue building a new courthouse, anyway.

This is the third oldest continually operating courthouse in Iowa. According to Supervisor Joel Voaklander, in the same wcfCourier report, because of the referendum result the county board will now study the possibilities of rehabilitating the old courthouse.

Source: http://wcfcourier.com/elections/issues/mitchell-courthouse-issue-fails/article_a74f8f34-28de-11e2-b57b-0019bb2963f4.html

Posted October 13, 2012

That's okay, Wes, most of us here are off just a little, probably half a bubble.

I love finding places like this! I always wonder about story songs, whether the song's story has any basis in fact (like this one) or if it's just pure fiction.

Actually, this one started out as fiction, the church was built after the song was written. Sometimes, life imitates art.

By the way, the Carter Family recorded the song in 1932. There's a copy of it on YouTube that inculdes an old photo of the church, well before the highway was widened.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wGjlK46a-A

Posted September 23, 2012

The confusion arose because both houses have the same address number.

Posted August 30, 2012

The Surgeon General was right - tobacco is bad for your health.

Posted August 29, 2012

Well, to be perfectly honest, when I shot the building, I saw the ghost but I was so intent on finding the landmark that it didn't register with me. Two days later, when I returned to Dubuque, that sign jumped off the side of the building, climbed into the front seat of my car and slapped me, saying, "HOW COULD YOU MISS ME???"

So I went around the block and shot it!

Posted August 28, 2012

Oh, Guru of the Mail Pouch Barn…did you happen to notice the ghost of Bull Durham on the south face of this landmark?

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Posted August 19, 2012

I hereby place this entry into nomination for the award in the category of Best Name of a Landmark.

Posted August 7, 2012

Yes, but I don't want to give this site a PG-13 rating.

Posted August 6, 2012

Why?

Velveeta is to cheese what Ed Wood was to Orson Wells.

Velveeta is to cheese what MD 20/20 is to Dom Pérignon.

Velveeta is to cheese what the Yugo is to Maybach.