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.

Capitol

Dome, Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison

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 

Irving Church Historic District (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
Large, residential neighborhood of primarily Queen Anne and larger homes
September 19, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Trinity Espicopal Church (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)

September 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Paine Lumber Company Historic District (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
Former lumber mill campus now primarily residential and commercial buildings
September 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Orville Beach Memorial Manual Training School (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
Former school repurposed as business center and office building
September 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
John R. Morgan House (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)

September 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Black Hawk Powwow Grounds (Jackson County, Wisconsin)
A Traditional Cultural Property (TCP) of the Ho-Chunk Nation
September 17, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and uploaded photos
J. Leslie Sensenbrenner House (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)

September 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Equitable Fraternal Union Building (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)

September 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
University of Wisconsin Science Hall (Dane County, Wisconsin)

September 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
State Historical Society of Wisconsin (Dane County, Wisconsin)

September 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Bascom Hill Historic District (Dane County, Wisconsin)
The original campus of the University of Wisconsin, centered on Bascom Hall
September 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
University of Wisconsin Armory and Gymnasium (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Imposing, Medieval Style, Castellated Former Armory
September 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added essay and uploaded photos
Robert Lutz House (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)

September 9, 2017: New photos
Brooklyn No. 4 Fire House (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
Former firehouse, turned sign company, now a privately owned building
September 9, 2017: New photos
Larson Brothers Airport (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
Wisconsin's Oldest Continually Active Airport
September 9, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Larsen, Wisconsin (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)

September 7, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Allenville, Wisconsin (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)

September 7, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
North Hall, University of Wisconsin (Dane County, Wisconsin)
UW's first building, now also part of the Bascom Hill Historic District
September 4, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Washburn Observatory and Observatory Director's Residence (Dane County, Wisconsin)

September 4, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Horticulture and Agricultural Physics and Soil Science Building (Dane County, Wisconsin)

September 4, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Fire Station No. 4 (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Former fire station converted to apartment dwelling, across from Camp Randall
September 4, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Fuhremann Canning Company Factory (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Industrial building that appears to have been replaced by living quarters
September 3, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status
Dr. Charles G. Crosse House (Dane County, Wisconsin)
An early house built by one of Sun Prairie's prominent citizens
September 3, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Henry Mall Historic District (Dane County, Wisconsin)
A long block, grass mall lined with buildings from the School of Agriculture on the UW Campus
September 3, 2017: Essay added
Henry Mall Historic District (Dane County, Wisconsin)
A long block, grass mall lined with buildings from the School of Agriculture on the UW Campus
September 3, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status, Added Description and Added Photos
Agriculture Hall (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Member of the Henry Mall Historic District
September 3, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Agricultural Engineering Building (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Member of the Henry Mall Historic District
September 3, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Agricultural Chemistry Building (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Member of the Henry Mall Historic District
September 3, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Richard T. Ely House (Dane County, Wisconsin)

September 3, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Harold C. Bradley House (Dane County, Wisconsin)
The last extant Louis Sullivan designed house
September 2, 2017: Essay added
Harold C. Bradley House (Dane County, Wisconsin)
The last extant Louis Sullivan designed house
September 2, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Adam and Mary Smith House (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Brick, Italianate style home built by a prominent citizen
September 2, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Wisconsin State Capitol (Dane County, Wisconsin)
The only granite-domed capitol in the United States
September 2, 2017: Essay added
Wisconsin State Capitol (Dane County, Wisconsin)
The only granite-domed capitol in the United States
September 2, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Eugene A. Gilmore House (Dane County, Wisconsin)
A Dane County Frank Lloyd Wright house
August 28, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Edward C. Elliott House (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Home designed with Prairie School elements
August 28, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
University of Wisconsin Field House (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Renaissance Revival, sandstone clad, five-story building that housed UW Basketball for decades
August 27, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Camp Randall Stadium (Dane County, Wisconsin)

August 27, 2017: New photos
Camp Randall (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Civil War Era US Army Camp now home of University of Wisconsin Badger Athletics
August 27, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Madison Gas and Electric Company Powerhouse (Dane County, Wisconsin)

August 26, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected a typo
Fourth Lake Ridge Historic District (Dane County, Wisconsin)

August 26, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected a typo
Stanford, California (Placer County, California)
Former community on the Southern Pacific Railroad, east-southeast of Donner Pass
August 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated description
Green County Courthouse (Green County, Wisconsin)

August 6, 2017: New photos
Whatever Bar (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Originally a Pabst Brewing Company "Tied House"
August 6, 2017: Added
Owen High School (Clark County, Wisconsin)

August 6, 2017: New photos
Star Theatre (Lafayette County, Wisconsin)

August 6, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Star Theatre (Lafayette County, Wisconsin)

August 6, 2017: New photos
Washington Avenue Historic District (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
Large, principally residential district on the east side of Oshkosh
August 4, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Security Bank (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
Closed bank, Appears to be under renovation
August 3, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Read School (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)

August 3, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added 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.