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.

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.

Dogs

Did you ever have the feeling, when shooting a landmark, that you were being watched?

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. ;)

EDITED TO ADD: 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.

Recent Updates 

McCall Street Historic District (Boundary Expansion) (Waukesha County, Wisconsin)
A significant neighborhood of important houses and eclectic architectural styles
February 26, 2017: Essay added
McCall Street Historic District (Boundary Expansion) (Waukesha County, Wisconsin)
A significant neighborhood of important houses and eclectic architectural styles
February 26, 2017: Added
McCall Street Historic District (Waukesha County, Wisconsin)
Original 1983 NRHP listing for the HD, updated in the 1993 Boundary Expansion
February 26, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and photos
The Ivanhoe (Racine County, Wisconsin)
Queen Anne style restaurant/tavern that was once a Pabst tied house
February 25, 2017: New photo
Paragon Park Carousel (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)
Philadelphia Toboggan Company carousel undergoing continuous restoration
February 25, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added Description and Links to Resources
Historic Sixth Street Business District (Racine County, Wisconsin)
The gateway to Racine's downtown commercial district
February 25, 2017: New photos
Resthaven Hotel (Waukesha County, Wisconsin)
A Y-shape structure, built as a luxury hotel, used as a VA Hospital and now serving as a school
February 23, 2017: Essay added
Historic Sixth Street Business District (Racine County, Wisconsin)
The gateway to Racine's downtown commercial district
February 20, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and photos
Peter Johnson House (Racine County, Wisconsin)
A two-story, Queen Anne, wood-frame house
February 19, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and photos
Kaiser's (Racine County, Wisconsin)
Art Deco styled, Terra Cotta tiled façade retail store.
February 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added Description and Links to Resources
Newberry Boulevard Historic District (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
A tree-lined boulevard,designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, to connect Lake and Riverside Parks
February 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added description and corrected typos
Rochester Downtown Historic District (Fulton County, Indiana)

December 14, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated GPS Coordinates
Vigo County Courthouse (Vigo County, Indiana)

December 3, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
State Bank of Indiana (Branch of) (Vigo County, Indiana)
19th Century Greek Revival office building, oldest commercial structure in Terre Haute
December 3, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Colonial Theatre (Sullivan County, Indiana)

December 3, 2016: New photos
Shelburn Interurban Depot-THI&E Interurban Depot (Sullivan County, Indiana)
Abandoned interurban station currently undergoing restoration
December 2, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Sullivan County Poor Home (Sullivan County, Indiana)
Former county asylum for the destitute, now a privately owned apartment building
December 1, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Sherman Building (Sullivan County, Indiana)
Former theater, now functioning as a church
November 30, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Sullivan County Courthouse (Sullivan County, Indiana)
Beaux Arts Building, nearly identical to the Vermillion County Courthouse
November 30, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Hundley Rental Houses (Madison County, Alabama)
Former residences now serving as a professional offices
November 30, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Hundley House (Madison County, Alabama)
Former residence now serving as a professional office
November 28, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Hotel Russel Erskine (Madison County, Alabama)
An apartment building and former hotel in Huntsville, Alabama.
November 28, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
David C. Humphreys House (Madison County, Alabama)
Former residence, now a coffee & gift shop, and welcome center for a historic tour
November 28, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Clemens House (Madison County, Alabama)
Built by the first cousin of Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain
November 28, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Lockridge Medical Clinic (Flathead County, Montana)
Building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
November 18, 2016: Added
U.S. Courthouse and Post Office (Marion County, Indiana)
U-shaped Italian Renaissance building clad in Indiana Limestone with Ionic Colonnade
October 16, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Scottish Rite Cathedral (Marion County, Indiana)
Beautiful Tudor Gothic limestone Masonic Temple
October 16, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Portage Theater (Summit County, Ohio)
Structure that was a theater but has been severly modified
October 10, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Glendale Steps (Summit County, Ohio)
Pedestrian stairway built by the depression era WPA
October 9, 2016: Added
Akron Rural Cemetery Buildings (Summit County, Ohio)
Historic Gothic Cemetery and Supporting Buildings
October 9, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Akron Jewish Center (Summit County, Ohio)
Former Jewish Community Center, now owned by the City of Akron
October 9, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Derby Downs, Home of the All American Soap Box Derby (Summit County, Ohio)
Home of the All-American Soap Box Derby since 1936
October 4, 2016: Added
Conner Street Historic District (Hamilton County, Indiana)
Residential district along two major east/west streets in Noblesville
October 2, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Boone County Courthouse (Boone County, Indiana)

October 2, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Thorntown Public Library (Boone County, Indiana)
Carnegie Library Tastefully Expanded
September 25, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Copeland Service Station (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Streamline Moderne service station converted to a coffee shop
September 25, 2016: Added
Emanuel Lutheran Church of Montra (Shelby County, Ohio)
Wood Frame Rural Church
September 25, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Worthington Public Square (Franklin County, Ohio)

September 25, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
St. Charles Seminary and Chapel (Mercer County, Ohio)
Former seminary now serving as a retirement home for clergy and lay residents
September 25, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Dr. Samuel Harrell House (Hamilton County, Indiana)
Queen Anne, two-and-one-half story house with a three-story tower at the northeast corner
September 25, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Catherine Street Historic District (Hamilton County, Indiana)
A neighborhood of Queen Anne, Craftsman and Foursquare houses
September 25, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Cole--Evans House (Hamilton County, Indiana)
A historic location based on Architecture/Engineering and its significance in Architecture
September 24, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Judge Earl S. Stone House (Hamilton County, Indiana)
Greek Revival style brick dwelling may be the oldest building in Noblesville
September 23, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Hamilton County Courthouse Square (Hamilton County, Indiana)
The courthouse and former sheriff's house and jail (now a museum)
September 22, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Noblesville Commercial Historic District (Hamilton County, Indiana)
Twenty square block district surrounding the courthouse
September 22, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Test Building (Marion County, Indiana)
The city's first parking garage and one of the earliest in Indiana
September 19, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Circle Theater (Marion County, Indiana)
White glazed terra cotta entrance facade fronting an unadorned brick auditorium
September 19, 2016: New photo
Riverside Theater (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Luxurious Vaudeville theater/movie house restored as a live theater venue
September 18, 2016: Added
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
One of Frank Lloyd Wright's last major designs
September 18, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated description and added photos
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
One of Frank Lloyd Wright's last major designs
September 18, 2016: 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.