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 

Portage Retail Historic District (Columbia County, Wisconsin)

September 23, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Portage Industrial Waterfront Historic District (Columbia County, Wisconsin)

September 23, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Milwaukee Road Caboose #992155 (Columbia County, Wisconsin)
Milwaukee Road Caboose retired and operating as a hot dog stand
September 23, 2018: Added
Winona Savings Bank Building (Winona County, Minnesota)

September 23, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Winona Masonic Temple (Winona County, Minnesota)
Former temple now used as a senior living facility
September 23, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Winona Free Public Library (Winona County, Minnesota)

September 23, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Willard Bunnell House (Winona County, Minnesota)
Forrmer residence open to the public as a museum
September 23, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Winona and St. Peter Engine House (Winona County, Minnesota)
Former railroad facility now used as a manufacturing facility and distribution center
September 23, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Winona City Hall (Winona County, Minnesota)
Art Deco styling
September 23, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
West End Theater (Winona County, Minnesota)
Now an office building and apartment building, no longer operates as a theater
September 23, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Whitewater Avenue Commercial Historic District (Winona County, Minnesota)

September 23, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Trinity Episcopal Church (Winona County, Minnesota)

September 23, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Trinity Episcopal Church (Winona County, Minnesota)

September 23, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
St. Charles City Bakery (Winona County, Minnesota)
Former bakery now a sign shop
September 23, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Kirch/Latch Building (Winona County, Minnesota)

September 23, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS data and added photos
Huff-Lamberton House (Winona County, Minnesota)
Italinate mansion divided into apartments
September 23, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Grain and Lumber Exchange Building (Winona County, Minnesota)

September 23, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Dr. J. W. S. Gallagher House (Winona County, Minnesota)

September 23, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Jeremiah H. Service House (St. Joseph County, Indiana)

September 20, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
North Liberty Park (St. Joseph County, Indiana)

September 20, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Snow Flake Motel (Berrien County, Michigan)
Star-shaped structure might have been designed by FLW
September 20, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status to "Demolished"
Ninth District Lighthouse Depot (Berrien County, Michigan)

September 20, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS data
Houppert Winery Complex (Van Buren County, Michigan)

September 20, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Niles Downtown Historic District (Berrien County, Michigan)

September 20, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Union Block (Berrien County, Michigan)

September 20, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Wendell P. and Harriet Rounds Robbins House (Berrien County, Michigan)

September 20, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
Winona and St. Peter Railroad Freight House (Winona County, Minnesota)
Former freighht depot now serving as a restaurant, micro brewery and entertainment center
September 18, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Abner F. Hodgins House (Winona County, Minnesota)

September 18, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Anger's Block (Winona County, Minnesota)

September 18, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
East Second Street Commercial Historic District (Winona County, Minnesota)
A historically and architecturally significant commerical area
September 17, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Prairie Street Historic District (Columbia County, Wisconsin)

September 16, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
South Dickason Boulevard Residential Historic District (Columbia County, Wisconsin)

September 16, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Wawbeek-Horace A.J. Upham House (Columbia County, Wisconsin)

September 16, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Belle Boyd Burial Site (Columbia County, Wisconsin)
Burial site of (former) Confederate spy, Belle Boyd
September 16, 2018: New photos
Pardeeville Presbyterian Church (Columbia County, Wisconsin)

September 16, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Kilbourn Public Library (Columbia County, Wisconsin)
Relocated library now used as library administration building
September 15, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
John H. Kurth and Company Office Building (Columbia County, Wisconsin)

September 15, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Jacob Weber House (Columbia County, Wisconsin)

September 15, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, corrected GPS coordinates and added photos
H. H. Bennett Studio (Columbia County, Wisconsin)
Studio of the photographer who put Wisconsin Dells on the map
September 15, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
F. A. Chadbourn House (Columbia County, Wisconsin)
Spectacular Tudor Revival mansion in a historical neighborhood
September 14, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Stroud Bank (Columbia County, Wisconsin)

September 12, 2018: Added
E. Clarke and Julia Arnold House (Columbia County, Wisconsin)
Frank Lloyd Wright designed Usonian House built in 1956
September 12, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Dix Street--Warner Street Historic District (Columbia County, Wisconsin)
An exceptional grouping of single family homes representing various Midcentury Modern styles
September 12, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Bowman House (Columbia County, Wisconsin)

September 11, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, corrected GPS coordinates and added photos
Nashold 20-sided Barn (Columbia County, Wisconsin)

September 11, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Pardeeville Presbyterian Church (Columbia County, Wisconsin)

September 7, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Pardeeville Elevated Water Tank (Columbia County, Wisconsin)
Water Tower
September 7, 2018: Added
Bellmont Hotel (Columbia County, Wisconsin)
Former hotel now serving as a museum
September 7, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, updated GPS coordinates and added photos
Angie Williams Cox Library (Columbia County, Wisconsin)

September 7, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, corrected GPS coordinates and added photos
Heck--Hasler House (Johnson County, Indiana)

September 7, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated GPS Coordinates

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.