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 

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
Lincoln School (Madison County, Alabama)
A school built in 1929.
December 13, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Old Library Building (Kankakee County, Illinois)
Library for over 100 years now serving as the city hall
December 10, 2017: Added
Warren Hickox House (Kankakee County, Illinois)
One of two side-by-side FLW design houses
December 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
B. Harley Bradley House and Stable (Kankakee County, Illinois)
One of the first FLW Prairie School Design homes
December 10, 2017: Added
Lemuel Milk Carriage House (Kankakee County, Illinois)
Former barn now repurposed as retail space
December 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, corrected GPS data and added photos
Kankakee County Courthouse (Kankakee County, Illinois)

December 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, corrected GPS coordinates and added photographs
Illinois Central Railroad Depot (Kankakee County, Illinois)

December 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Durham--Perry Farmstead (Kankakee County, Illinois)

December 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Palestine Commercial Historic District (Crawford County, Illinois)
"The Pioneer City" - Chartered in 1811, one of the oldest cities in Illinois
December 9, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photographs
John B. Harper House (Crawford County, Illinois)

December 9, 2017: New photos
Fife Opera House (Crawford County, Illinois)
Theater used from 1901 to 1912 is undergoing restoration
December 9, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Marshall Elevated Water Tank (Clark County, Illinois)
Horton 500,000 Gallon Water Reservoir
December 9, 2017: Added
John W. Lewis House (Clark County, Illinois)
Elegant private residence
December 9, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Harlan Hall (Clark County, Illinois)

December 9, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
First Congregational Church (Clark County, Illinois)
Richardsonian Romanesque style church
December 9, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photographs
Archer House Hotel (Clark County, Illinois)
Abe Lincoln Slept Here
December 7, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Manly-McCann House (Clark County, Illinois)
Greek Revival structure that has been a courthouse, store, post office, home and museum
December 7, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Henry Clay Moss House (Edgar County, Illinois)

November 30, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photographs
Shaw--Van Gilder House (Edgar County, Illinois)

November 30, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photographs
Paris Carnegie Public Library (Edgar County, Illinois)

November 29, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS coordinates and added photos
Edgar County Courthouse (Edgar County, Illinois)

November 29, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
France Hotel (Edgar County, Illinois)
Classical Revival hotel built in 1924 by the Chamber of Commerce, now an apartment building
November 29, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated listing, added description and added photos
Paris Elks Lodge No. 812 Building (Edgar County, Illinois)
Mediterranean Revival style meeting hall and hotel
November 29, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and posted photos
Willis Allen House (Williamson County, Illinois)

November 28, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Ed. M. Stotlar House (Williamson County, Illinois)

November 28, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Goddard Chapel (Williamson County, Illinois)

November 28, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Withers-Chapman House (Madison County, Alabama)

November 28, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected address
Anderson-Smith House (McCracken County, Kentucky)
Restored Civil War Era mansion now serving as a welcome center/rest area
November 24, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Cheatham County Courthouse (Cheatham County, Tennessee)

November 23, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos
Territorial Capitol of Former Indiana Territory (Knox County, Indiana)

November 19, 2017: New photos
Old Cathedral Complex (Knox County, Indiana)
The Greek Revival "Old Cathedral" is the key building in the district
November 19, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Henry Clay Moss House (Edgar County, Illinois)

November 19, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated GPS Data
Shaw--Van Gilder House (Edgar County, Illinois)

November 19, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated GPS Data
Gale College Historic District (Trempealeau County, Wisconsin)
Three buildings of the closed college now serving as offices and residential apartment buildings
November 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added and uploaded photos
Gale College Historic District (Trempealeau County, Wisconsin)
Three buildings of the closed college now serving as offices and residential apartment buildings
November 12, 2017: Added
Mississippi River Lock and Dam No. 6 (Trempealeau County, Wisconsin)
Part of the Upper Mississippi 9 Foot Navigation Project
October 30, 2017: Added
Coman House (Trempealeau County, Wisconsin)

October 29, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, updated address change and added photos
Dodge, Wisconsin (Trempealeau County, Wisconsin)
Unincorporated community on the far edge of Trempealeau County
October 8, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Federal Building (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Outstanding Richardson Romanesque Revival Building
October 7, 2017: Essay added
Federal Building (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
Outstanding Richardson Romanesque Revival Building
October 7, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added description and added photographs
Central Library (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
U-shaped building designed by Ferry & Clas in a Neo-renaissance format
October 4, 2017: New photos
Central Library (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
U-shaped building designed by Ferry & Clas in a Neo-renaissance format
October 3, 2017: Essay added
Central Library (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
U-shaped building designed by Ferry & Clas in a Neo-renaissance format
October 3, 2017: New photos
Pine Creek, Wisconsin (Trempealeau County, Wisconsin)
Settled circa 1862 by Kaszubian Polish and Bohemian immigrants
September 24, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, corrected GPS datum and added photos
Irving Church Historic District (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
Large, residential neighborhood of primarily Queen Anne and larger homes
September 19, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Trinity Espicopal Church (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)

September 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Paine Lumber Company Historic District (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
Former lumber mill campus now primarily residential and commercial buildings
September 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Orville Beach Memorial Manual Training School (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
Former school repurposed as business center and office building
September 18, 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.