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 

John Johnson Saloon (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
"Boomtown" style building constructed after the 1882 Water Street Fire
August 19, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status to "Demolished".
Chippewa Valley Railroad (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
1/2 mile loop of track supporting a 1/4 scale recreational railroad
August 14, 2018: Added
John Cance F., House (Trempealeau County, Wisconsin)

August 5, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, updated GPS coordinates and added photos
Bartlett Blacksmith Shop-Scandinavian Hotel (Trempealeau County, Wisconsin)
Now a private residence
August 5, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Church of the Holy Trinity--Catholic (Winona County, Minnesota)
Gothic revival church constructed from locally quarried limestone
August 5, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Oriental Theater (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin)
The only movie palace built with an Eastern Indian motif
August 4, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated with new information about the theater renovation and added photos.
Roosevelt School (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
Former school converted to a 33 unit apartment building
July 31, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated GPS information and NRHP Listing
Jacob Berni House (Buffalo County, Wisconsin)

July 30, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status
Frederick Laue Jr., House (Buffalo County, Wisconsin)
Private Residence
July 30, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Coordinates and Uploaded Photos
Frederick Laue House (Buffalo County, Wisconsin)
Once a bed & breakfast but is now a private residence
July 30, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Coordinates and Uploaded Photos
Dr. J. T. Tenny House (Buffalo County, Wisconsin)

July 30, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Coordinates and Uploaded Photos
Burlington Hotel (Buffalo County, Wisconsin)
No longer serving as a hotel but houses retail establishments
July 30, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Coordinates and added photos
Oatman Filling Station (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
House style filling station, popular in the 1930, operated until 1996
July 22, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
US Post Office and Courthouse (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Classical Revival style United States Post Office and Courthouse
July 22, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
Union Auto Company (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
20th Century Commercial Architecture, Building used in auto business until 1977
July 22, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Temple of Free Masonry (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)

July 22, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Schlegelmilch-McDaniel House (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Long time residence of the Schlegelmilch family descendants, given to the city to be a mueum
July 22, 2018: Added
McGrath Block (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)

July 22, 2018: Added
Union National Bank (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Limestone bank building from the Art Deco era and style
July 22, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
First Methodist Episcopal Church (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
1 of 5 Neo-Gothic Revival buildings built in Eau Claire between 1911 and 1920
July 22, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Eau Claire Public Library (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Beaux Arts Carnegie Library converted to city hall offices in 1978
July 21, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Eau Claire Masonic Temple (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Former Masonic Hall now serving retail and other purposes
July 21, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Confluence Commercial Historic District (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)

July 21, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
City Hall (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)

July 21, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Christ Church Cathedral and Parish House (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Late Gothic Revival Cathedral
July 21, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Cameron-Drummond-Slagsvold Building (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Romanesque Revival Commercial Building
July 21, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Sacred Heart Church (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Distinctive Catholic Church on a bluff overlooking Eau Claire
July 21, 2018: New photos
St. Paul Chicago Minneapolis & Omaha Railroad Depot (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)

July 21, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photo
St. Joseph's Chapel (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Gothic Revival chapel on the grounds of Sacred Heart Cemetery
July 21, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Saint Edward's Chapel (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Chapel that was initiated in 1889 but converted to a private residence in the 1920s
July 21, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Sacred Heart Church (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Distinctive Catholic Church on a bluff overlooking Eau Claire
July 20, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and added photos
Drummond Business Block (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)

July 20, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
William K. Galloway House (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)

July 20, 2018: Added
Cornelius L. Webster House (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
An L-shaped, single-story, brick structure
July 20, 2018: Added
Walter-Heins House (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)

July 20, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Sumner Moon House (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Georgian Revival House with a commanding view of a hill now serving as apartments
July 20, 2018: Added
William and Tilla Schwahn House (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
A fine example of Georgian Revival design
July 20, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Roy Wilcox House (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Another fine example of Georgian Revival design in the neighborhood
July 20, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Orlando Brice House (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Stately Georgian Revival residence
July 20, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Martin Van Buren Barron House (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
The third oldest house in Eau Claire
July 20, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Veterans Memorial Bridge (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
Lift bridge over the Fox River Navigation Channel
July 19, 2018: Added
Levi Merrill House (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Fourth oldest house in Eau Claire
July 19, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
John S. Owen House (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Mansion converted to apartments in 1948
July 19, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
James Barber House (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)

July 19, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
George F. Winslow House (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)

July 18, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Dr. Nels Werner House (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Georgian Revival Style house
July 18, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photo
Delos Moon, Jr. House (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
Large Colonial Revival house surrounded by a spacious lawn and wrought iron fence
July 18, 2018: Added
David Drummond House (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)

July 18, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Cobblestone House (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)
A fine example of cobblestone construction
July 18, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Christine Eichert House (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin)

July 18, 2018: 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.