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 

Saint Anthony Hospital (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Former hospital and clinic being converted to housing
June 17, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Nunn-Bush Shoe Company Factory (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Former shoe factory repurposed to dwelling space and community center
June 17, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Fifth Street School (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Closed as a school in 2007, sold, and being repurposed into housing
June 17, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
North 47th Street Bungalow Historic District (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
A grand, well kept neighborhood of bungalows
June 17, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Grand Avenue Elementary School (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Built in 1920 to replace a Ferry & Clas School that burned down
June 17, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and added photos
Kopperud Park Residential Historic District (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Well kept neighborhood near State Fair Park
June 17, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)

June 15, 2018: New photos
George W. Peck Row House (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)

June 14, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
The Highground ~ Veterans Memorial Park (Clark County, Wisconsin)
Privately funded, 155 acre veterans memorial park dedicated to all who served
June 13, 2018: Essay added
The Highground ~ Veterans Memorial Park (Clark County, Wisconsin)
Privately funded, 155 acre veterans memorial park dedicated to all who served
June 13, 2018: New photos
Eighth Street Historic District (Manitowoc County, Wisconsin)

June 3, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Harpersfield Covered Bridge (Ashtabula County, Ohio)
Two-span covered bridge with steel through truss approach over Grand River on Harpersfield Road
June 3, 2018: New photos
Klingholz, Charles and Herriette, House (Manitowoc County, Wisconsin)

May 31, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Update Status and Added Photos
Sexton's House (Manitowoc County, Wisconsin)

May 31, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Fredonia Commons Historic District (Chautauqua County, New York)
The city for which Groucho Marx suggested a name change
May 28, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added Marx Brothers reference and added photographs
Point Gratiot Lighthouse Complex (Chautauqua County, New York)
Campus of a lighthouse, keeper's quarters, supporting structures and museum
May 27, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Dunkirk Light (Chautauqua County, New York)
Automated light tower with a 3rd order Fresnel lens
May 27, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
US Post Office--Dunkirk (Chautauqua County, New York)

May 27, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
School No. 7 (Chautauqua County, New York)

May 27, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
US Post Office--Fredonia (Chautauqua County, New York)

May 27, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Tall Maples Miniature Golf Course (Monroe County, New York)
America's oldest miniature gold course in continuous operation
May 27, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photographs
Susan B. Anthony House (Monroe County, New York)

May 27, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge (Monroe County, New York)
Controversial bobtail pony truss swing bridge
May 27, 2018: Added
Grange Hall #1 (Chautauqua County, New York)
The first dues-paying Grange
May 26, 2018: New photo
Grange Hall #1 (Chautauqua County, New York)
The first dues-paying Grange
May 25, 2018: Added
Brocton Arch (Chautauqua County, New York)
Thought to be the last extant four-way street arch in the United States
May 25, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photographs.
North East Historic District (Erie County, Pennsylvania)

May 25, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Short's Hotel (Erie County, Pennsylvania)
Former railroad hotel now an apartment building
May 25, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Angola Commercial Historic District (Steuben County, Indiana)
Courthouse Square, Downtown Angola
May 24, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Steuben County Courthouse (Steuben County, Indiana)

May 24, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Steuben County Jail (Steuben County, Indiana)
Second Empire design residence and jail for the Steuben County Sheriff
May 24, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Strand Theatre (Steuben County, Indiana)
Closed theater being repurposed to a deli and meeting hall
May 24, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Brokaw Theatre (Steuben County, Indiana)
Art Deco theater tastefully twinned and in full operation
May 24, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added photos
La Grange County Courthouse (Lagrange County, Indiana)
Second Empire and Georgian Style, two-story courthouse
May 24, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Edited status and added photos
Sheboygan Theater (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin)
1928 extravagant movie palace lovingly restored to its former glory
May 13, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Thomas M. and Bridget Blackstock House (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin)
Outstanding example of Italianate Style in Sheboygan
May 13, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Wolff--Jung Company Shoe Factory (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin)
Exceptionally well-preserved 19th Century industrial building now serving as an apartment building
May 13, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, corrected GPS coordinates and added photos
Third Ward School (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin)

May 12, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Jung Shoe Manufacturing Company Factory (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin)
Former shoe manufacturing facility converted to apartment building
May 11, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Jung Carriage Factory (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin)
Richardsonian Romanesque style manufacturing facility now retail and office space
May 11, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Sheboygan Post Office (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin)
Neo-Classical Revival style building clad with limestone
May 11, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
John Michael Kohler House (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin)

May 11, 2018: New photos
John Balzer Wagon Works Complex (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin)

May 11, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photographs
Henry Store Foeste Building (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin)

May 11, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Henry and Henriette Roth House (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin)
Victorian house converted to legal office
May 10, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Garton Toy Company (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin)
Former toy factory converted to dwelling space
May 10, 2018: Essay added
Garton Toy Company (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin)
Former toy factory converted to dwelling space
May 10, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added essay and added photos.
I. C. Thomas Drug Store (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin)

May 10, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Henry and Charles Imig Block (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin)

May 10, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Cole Historic District (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin)

May 10, 2018: 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.