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 

Col. Francis Dancy House (Morgan County, Alabama)
Oldest building in Decatur and one of four antebellum houses in Decatur to survive
December 17, 2018: Essay added
Col. Francis Dancy House (Morgan County, Alabama)
Oldest building in Decatur and one of four antebellum houses in Decatur to survive
December 17, 2018: New photos
Col. Francis Dancy House (Morgan County, Alabama)
Oldest building in Decatur and one of four antebellum houses in Decatur to survive
December 17, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Princess Theater (Morgan County, Alabama)

December 17, 2018: New photos
Bank Street Historic District (Morgan County, Alabama)

December 17, 2018: New photos
Bank Street Historic District (Morgan County, Alabama)

December 17, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
State Bank Building, Decatur Branch (Morgan County, Alabama)
A historic Jeffersonian-style bank building in Decatur, Alabama.
December 17, 2018: New photo
State Bank Building, Decatur Branch (Morgan County, Alabama)
A historic Jeffersonian-style bank building in Decatur, Alabama.
December 17, 2018: New photos
State Bank Building, Decatur Branch (Morgan County, Alabama)
A historic Jeffersonian-style bank building in Decatur, Alabama.
December 17, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Southern Railway Depot (Morgan County, Alabama)
Depot repurposed as a museum and police station
December 17, 2018: New photos
Southern Railway Depot (Morgan County, Alabama)
Depot repurposed as a museum and police station
December 17, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Cotaco Opera House (Morgan County, Alabama)
The first opera house constructed in the state of Alabama
December 16, 2018: New photos
Schaudies - Banks Cottage (Morgan County, Alabama)

December 15, 2018: New photos
Schaudies - Banks Cottage (Morgan County, Alabama)

December 15, 2018: Added
Saratoga Victory Mill (Marshall County, Alabama)
Former mill, repurposed as a giant retail outlet
December 15, 2018: New photos
Saratoga Victory Mill (Marshall County, Alabama)
Former mill, repurposed as a giant retail outlet
December 15, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Julia Street Memorial United Methodist Church (Marshall County, Alabama)

December 15, 2018: New photo
Julia Street Memorial United Methodist Church (Marshall County, Alabama)

December 15, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Henry-Jordan House (Marshall County, Alabama)

December 15, 2018: New photos
Henry-Jordan House (Marshall County, Alabama)

December 15, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Guntersville Post Office Building (Marshall County, Alabama)
The postal station moved and the building is now repurposed.
December 15, 2018: New photos
Guntersville Post Office Building (Marshall County, Alabama)
The postal station moved and the building is now repurposed.
December 15, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Guntersville Hydroelectric Project (Marshall County, Alabama)

December 15, 2018: New photos
Edward Fenns Whitman House (Marshall County, Alabama)
Private Residence
December 15, 2018: New photos
Edward Fenns Whitman House (Marshall County, Alabama)
Private Residence
December 15, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Guntersville City School (Marshall County, Alabama)
Former Progressive Era School repurposed and housing a community theater
December 15, 2018: New photos
Guntersville City School (Marshall County, Alabama)
Former Progressive Era School repurposed and housing a community theater
December 15, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Parthenon (Davidson County, Tennessee)
The only full-scale replica of The Parthenon in the world
December 15, 2018: Essay added
Centennial Park (Davidson County, Tennessee)
132 Acre park on Nashville's West End, Originally home to the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition
December 15, 2018: Essay added
Centennial Park (Davidson County, Tennessee)
132 Acre park on Nashville's West End, Originally home to the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition
December 15, 2018: New photo
Centennial Park (Davidson County, Tennessee)
132 Acre park on Nashville's West End, Originally home to the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition
December 14, 2018: New photos
Centennial Park (Davidson County, Tennessee)
132 Acre park on Nashville's West End, Originally home to the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition
December 14, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Parthenon (Davidson County, Tennessee)
The only full-scale replica of The Parthenon in the world
December 14, 2018: New photos
Parthenon (Davidson County, Tennessee)
The only full-scale replica of The Parthenon in the world
December 14, 2018: New photos
Parthenon (Davidson County, Tennessee)
The only full-scale replica of The Parthenon in the world
December 14, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Albert G. Henry Jr. House (Marshall County, Alabama)
Beautiful Queen Anne house on a major highway
December 10, 2018: New photos
Albert G. Henry Jr. House (Marshall County, Alabama)
Beautiful Queen Anne house on a major highway
December 10, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Albertville Depot (Marshall County, Alabama)
Former depot now serving as a museum
December 10, 2018: New photos
Albertville Depot (Marshall County, Alabama)
Former depot now serving as a museum
December 10, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Albertville (Former) U.S. Post Office (Marshall County, Alabama)
Built in 1931 under Andreew Mellon, now serving the Board of Education
December 10, 2018: New photos
Albertville (Former) U.S. Post Office (Marshall County, Alabama)
Built in 1931 under Andreew Mellon, now serving the Board of Education
December 10, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added data to the description and added photos
Nashville Union Station and Trainshed (Davidson County, Tennessee)

December 10, 2018: New photos
US Post Office (Davidson County, Tennessee)
Building still service Postal Service but also serving as an art museum
December 10, 2018: New photos
US Post Office (Davidson County, Tennessee)
Building still service Postal Service but also serving as an art museum
December 10, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Gilbert Mansion (Davidson County, Tennessee)
Residential mansion now converted for use as professional offices
December 10, 2018: New photos
Gilbert Mansion (Davidson County, Tennessee)
Residential mansion now converted for use as professional offices
December 10, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Tippecanoe Battlefield (Tippecanoe County, Indiana)

December 8, 2018: Essay added
Tippecanoe Battlefield (Tippecanoe County, Indiana)

December 8, 2018: New photos
Tippecanoe Battlefield (Tippecanoe County, Indiana)

December 8, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, corrected GPS coordinates and added photos
Battle Ground Historic District (Tippecanoe County, Indiana)
Two towns developed around the Tippecanoe Battlefield and eventually merged into Battle Ground, Indiana
December 8, 2018: New photo

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.