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 

Windpoint Light Station (Racine County, Wisconsin)
This 108 foot tall lighthouse is one of the tallest lighthouses still serving navigation on the Great Lakes
February 20, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added architect tag; corrected broken link and performed minor edits
Century Building (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)

February 20, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated data and added photos
Century Building (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)

February 20, 2018: New photos
Florence County Courthouse and Jail (Florence County, Wisconsin)
Original 1889 Courthouse tastefully expanded and restored
February 18, 2018: New photos
Northwest Point (Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota)
The northernmost point in the contiguous United States
February 11, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated GPS coordinates
Fort St. Charles Archeological Site (Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota)
Abandoned in 1749, Rediscovered in 1908, Reconstructed in the 1950s
February 11, 2018: Added
Fort Atkinson Club (Jefferson County, Wisconsin)

February 4, 2018: Added
St. Mary School (Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin)

February 4, 2018: Added
St. Mary's Academy and College (Crawford County, Wisconsin)

February 4, 2018: Added
Garver's Supply Company Factory and Office (Dane County, Wisconsin)

February 4, 2018: Added
Dix Street--Warner Street Historic District (Columbia County, Wisconsin)

February 4, 2018: Added
Century Building (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)

February 4, 2018: Added
Kopperud Park Residential Historic District (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)

February 4, 2018: Added
Palmyra Boy Scout Cabin (Jefferson County, Wisconsin)

February 4, 2018: Added
Maple Bluff Boy Scout Cabin (Dane County, Wisconsin)

February 4, 2018: Added
Farnsworth Public Library (Oconto County, Wisconsin)

February 4, 2018: Added
Gundersen, Dr. Adolf and Helga, Cottage (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
Cottage built of pine logs, in a vertical orientation, on an island in the Mississippi River
February 4, 2018: Added
Lansing Main Street Historic District (Allamakee County, Iowa)
"...a fine collection of commercial designs..."
February 3, 2018: Added
Carnegie Library (Knox County, Indiana)
Unique Collegiate Gothic Library built with funds from Andrew Carnegie
January 30, 2018: Added
South 9th Street Historic District (Hamilton County, Indiana)

January 29, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Noblesville Milling Company Mill (Hamilton County, Indiana)
Former industrial building now converted to residential housing
January 29, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Daniel Craycraft House (Hamilton County, Indiana)

January 29, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
William Houston Craig House (Hamilton County, Indiana)

January 28, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Winona Commercial Historic District (Winona County, Minnesota)
65 Contributing and 26 non-contributing buildings in a downtown commercial district
January 28, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Sugar Loaf (Winona County, Minnesota)
Named for the shape that sugar was sold in back in the 19th Century
January 28, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added a photo
Winona Hotel (Winona County, Minnesota)
Former hotel, converted to seniors' apartments
January 28, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Winona County Courthouse (Winona County, Minnesota)

January 27, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Schlitz Hotel (Winona County, Minnesota)
Former "Tied House" built and owned by a famous brewer
January 27, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added description and added photos
Paul Watkins House (Winona County, Minnesota)

January 27, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Merchants National Bank (Winona County, Minnesota)
A beautiful Jewel Box Bank except Louis Sullivan didn't design it!
January 27, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
J. R. Watkins Medical Company Complex (Winona County, Minnesota)

January 27, 2018: New photos
Church of St. Stanislaus--Catholic (Winona County, Minnesota)

January 27, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Choate Deparment Store (Winona County, Minnesota)

January 27, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and Added photographs
Ridge Avenue Historic District (Trempealeau County, Wisconsin)

January 25, 2018: New photos
Monte Sano Railroad Workers' House (Madison County, Alabama)
About all that is left of the Monte Santo railroad - on private property
January 25, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Twickenham Historic District (Madison County, Alabama)
The first historic district designated in Huntsville, Alabama.
January 25, 2018: New photos
Old Town Historic District (Madison County, Alabama)
A predominantly Victorian neighborhood between downtown and Monte Santo
January 15, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Ellis Mansion (Knox County, Indiana)
Classic Revival Architecture Structure
January 9, 2018: Added
Old French House (Knox County, Indiana)
Fine example of French colonial construction techniques
January 9, 2018: Added
Old State Bank (Knox County, Indiana)

January 8, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Old Cathedral Complex (Knox County, Indiana)
The Greek Revival "Old Cathedral" is the key building in the district
January 8, 2018: New photos
Vincennes Fortnightly Club (Knox County, Indiana)
Renaissance Revival style clubhouse of the Vincennes Women's Club
January 7, 2018: New photos
Tollef Jensen House (Trempealeau County, Wisconsin)

January 4, 2018: New photos
Tollef Jensen House (Trempealeau County, Wisconsin)

January 2, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
John Bohrnstedt House (Trempealeau County, Wisconsin)

January 2, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, GPS Coordinates and added photos
Downtown Historic District (Trempealeau County, Wisconsin)

January 2, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photographs
Capt. Alexander A. Arnold Farm (Trempealeau County, Wisconsin)
Family farmstead now a museum
January 2, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
NC&StL Railroad Depot, Chase, AL (Madison County, Alabama)

December 23, 2017: New photos
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Historic District (Madison County, Alabama)

December 14, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated and Added Photos
Vaught House (Madison County, Alabama)

December 13, 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.