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.

Holton Street Viaduct Bascule Span and Marsupial Bridge

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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. ;)

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.

EDITED TO ADD: Photobucket has begun holding images hostage while trying to extract tribute from users. I'm exploring other avenues, meanwhile, sorry for the spam where there should be an image.

Recent Updates 

Black Oak School (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
One of seven remaining rural schools that were once scattered throughout Winnebago County
July 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Algoma Boulevard Methodist Church (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
Romanesque church designed by noted Wisconsin architect, William Waters
July 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Abraham Briggs Bowen House (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
Mid-nineteenth century Italianate mansion
July 17, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Physical Education Building/La Crosse State Normal School (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
Former physical education building about to undergo major remodeling and repurposing
July 16, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos.
Main Hall/La Crosse State Normal School (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
An imposing red brick building that is the centerpiece of the UWL campus
July 16, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Description and Added Photos
La Crosse State Teachers College Training School Building (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)

July 16, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Will Ott House (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
A striking Queen Anne house in a residential neighborhood
July 16, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and uploaded photos
Albert and Theresa Marx House (Monroe County, Wisconsin)
Two and one-half story, Queen Anne style house
July 14, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Kendalls Depot (Monroe County, Wisconsin)
Former C&NW depot, now a stop on the famous Elroy-Sparta Recreational Trail
July 13, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated listing, added description and added photos
Charles Lord House (Vernon County, Wisconsin)

July 13, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Milwaukee Road Caboose 991950 (Juneau County, Wisconsin)
Rib-sider caboose built in the Milwaukee Road shops in 1946
July 8, 2017: Added
Sprague, Wisconsin (Juneau County, Wisconsin)

July 8, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
New Lisbon Mound Group (Juneau County, Wisconsin)
A collection of effigy mounds along the shore of the Lemonweir River
July 8, 2017: New photos
Henry and Barbara Bierbauer House (Juneau County, Wisconsin)
Private, Cream City Brick, Italianate style residence on the southwest edge of New Lisbon
July 8, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
New Lisbon Mound Group (Juneau County, Wisconsin)
A collection of effigy mounds along the shore of the Lemonweir River
July 5, 2017: Added
Omro High School, Annex and Webster Manual Training School (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
Former school complex repurposed as assisted living for senior citizens
July 4, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Update listing and added photos
Omro Village Hall and Engine House (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)

July 4, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Omro Downtown Historic District (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
"A fine collection of late nineteenth century and early twentieth century...commercial buildings"
July 4, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated listing, added description and added photos
Cole Watch Tower (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
Seven story brick over steel tower built on an 1870 house
July 3, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated listing, added description and added photos
Eureka Lock and Lock Tender's House (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
The last lock in operation on the Upper Fox River
July 2, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated listing, added description and added photos
Alanson M. Kimball House (Waushara County, Wisconsin)
Campus of mid 19th Century buildings centered on a 2-1/2 story frame residence
July 2, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added Description and photos
Wadhams Gasoline Station (Waushara County, Wisconsin)
One of the remaining few Wadhams Gas Stations, repurposed as a restaurant
July 1, 2017: Added
Security Bank (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)

June 25, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Coordinates
Larson Brothers Airport (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)

June 24, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Coordinates
Gustav Augustin Block (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)

June 24, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Menasha Dam (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
Once the source of power for paper making, controls the Fox and is popular for fishing
June 24, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
US Post Office--Menasha (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
Period Colonial Revival design, two story, post office of the Wetmore era
June 23, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated listing, added description and added photos
Brin Building (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
Former theater housing retail and residential
June 22, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated listing, added description and added photos
Soo Line Locomotive 736 (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
4-6-2 (Pacific) Locomotive built by Alco
June 22, 2017: Added
Appleton Lock 4 Historic District (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
One of seventeen locks on the lower Fox River
June 20, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated listing, added description and added photos
West Prospect Avenue Historic District (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
A visually distinct grouping of large, high style houses
June 19, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Coordinates, Updated Status and Added Photos
Kaukauna Locks Historic District (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
Series of 5 locks that provide over fifty feet of lift on the Fox River
June 19, 2017: New photos
Washington School (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
Former school now serving residents as an apartment building
June 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Schuetter, Henry House (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)

June 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Masonic Temple (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
Former Masonic Temple now serving as a museum
June 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Update listing and added photos
Main Hall, Lawrence University (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)

June 18, 2017: New photos
John Hart Whorton House (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)

June 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
James Tompkins House (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)

June 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
J. B. Courtney Woolen Mills (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
19th Century woolen mill in continuous operation
June 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Hearthstone (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
First house to be fully electrified by hydroelectric generation
June 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated listing, added description and added photos
Fox River Paper Company Historic District (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
Former paper mill converted to apartments
June 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Joseph Kronser Hotel and Saloon (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
19th Century wood-frame hotel still operating as a nightclub/saloon
June 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Coordinates, Updated Status and Added Photos
Greenville State Bank (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
Former state chartered bank now a private residence
June 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Arcola Carnegie Public Library (Douglas County, Illinois)

June 11, 2017: New photos
Arcola Carnegie Public Library (Douglas County, Illinois)

June 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Unity Church (Coles County, Illinois)
Now home of Trinity Episcopal Church
June 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected Address, Corrected GPS coordinates and added photographs
Unity Church (Coles County, Illinois)
Now home of Trinity Episcopal Church
June 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Starr Hotel (Coles County, Illinois)
Former hotel now serving retail and residential functions
June 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Time Theater (Coles County, Illinois)
Art Deco era, single screen movie theater
June 10, 2017: Added
Illinois Central Railroad Depot (Coles County, Illinois)

June 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added Description and 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.