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 

Timkin High School (Stark County, Ohio)
Closed in 2015 after merging with McKinley High School
October 10, 2018: Added
Frank T. Bow Federal Building (Stark County, Ohio)
Former federal facility named for an Ohio congressman
October 10, 2018: Added
Christ Presbyterian Church (Stark County, Ohio)
Site of the wedding of Ida Saxton and future President William McKinley
October 10, 2018: Added
The Canton Repository (Stark County, Ohio)
Home of Canton's daily newspaper
October 9, 2018: Added
Alexander Mitchell House (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Second Empiire mansion on Milwaukee's near west side
October 9, 2018: Added
Stark County Courthouse and Annex (Stark County, Ohio)

October 9, 2018: New photo
Stark County Courthouse and Annex (Stark County, Ohio)

October 8, 2018: New photos
Onesto Hotel (Stark County, Ohio)
Former luxury hotel now a building with luxury lofts, retail space, and available event space.
October 8, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Mellett-Canton Daily News Building (Stark County, Ohio)
Former newspaper building now serving as a professional office building
October 8, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Trinity Lutheran Church (Stark County, Ohio)
A desanctified church now serving as a popular wedding venue
October 8, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Canton Public Library (Stark County, Ohio)
Served the library until 1972, Now houses professional offices
October 8, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Dewalt Building (Stark County, Ohio)

October 8, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Court of Honor (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
A collection of statues in the Wisconsin Avenue esplanade near the Central Library
October 5, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Edited description to update status of George Washington statue
Wisconsin Wagon Company Factory (Dane County, Wisconsin)

October 5, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Timothy C. and Katherine McCarthy House (Dane County, Wisconsin)

October 5, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Orton Park Historic District (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Neighborhood of pleasant, middle class, turn-of-the-century houses surrounding a tree-studded park.
October 5, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, corrected GPS coordinates and added photos
Orton Park (Dane County, Wisconsin)
A one square block park in the center of a neighborhood
October 3, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Madison Gas and Electric Company Powerhouse (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Powerhouse in continuous use since its opening in 1902
October 3, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Marquette Bungalows Historic District (Dane County, Wisconsin)
The largest concentration of Craftsman Bungalow and Craftsman-influenced residences in Madison
October 3, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Madison Candy Company (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Former factory serving as restaurants and office space
October 3, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, corrected GPS coordinates and added photos
Machinery Row (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Now retail space
October 3, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
John George Ott House (Dane County, Wisconsin)

October 3, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, corrected GPS coordinates and added photos
Jenifer--Spaight Historic District (Dane County, Wisconsin)

October 3, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Hyer's Hotel (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Former hotel now a private residence
October 3, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Cardinal Hotel (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Former hotel now serving as an apartment building
October 3, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
George A. Lougee House (Dane County, Wisconsin)

October 3, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
East Wilson Street Historic District (Dane County, Wisconsin)

October 3, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Curtis-Kittleson House (Dane County, Wisconsin)

October 3, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Biederstaedt Grocery (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Former grocery market now serving a silk-screen printing company
October 3, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Bascom B. Clarke House (Dane County, Wisconsin)

October 3, 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!
October 3, 2018: New photos
Iron Horse Hotel (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Six story, brick factory building now a hotel
October 1, 2018: Added
Robert A. Anderson Water Tower & Municipal Building (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)

September 30, 2018: New photos
Tenney Park--Yahara River Parkway (Dane County, Wisconsin)
A park and parkway along both shores of the Yahara River, connecting Lakes Mendota and Monona
September 29, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Ella's Deli (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Ella's Deli is a memory. It closed and the collection has been scattered to the wind
September 24, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status to "Closed"
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

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.