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 

US Post Office--Menasha (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
Period Colonial Revival design, two story, post office of the Wetmore era
June 23, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated listing, added description and added photos
Brin Building (Winnebago County, Wisconsin)
Former theater housing retail and residential
June 22, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated listing, added description and added photos
Soo Line Locomotive 736 (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
4-6-2 (Pacific) Locomotive built by Alco
June 22, 2017: Added
Appleton Lock 4 Historic District (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
One of seventeen locks on the lower Fox River
June 20, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated listing, added description and added photos
West Prospect Avenue Historic District (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
A visually distinct grouping of large, high style houses
June 19, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Coordinates, Updated Status and Added Photos
Kaukauna Locks Historic District (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
Series of 5 locks that provide over fifty feet of lift on the Fox River
June 19, 2017: New photos
Washington School (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
Former school now serving residents as an apartment building
June 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Schuetter, Henry House (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)

June 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Masonic Temple (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
Former Masonic Temple now serving as a museum
June 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Update listing and added photos
Main Hall, Lawrence University (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)

June 18, 2017: New photos
John Hart Whorton House (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)

June 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
James Tompkins House (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)

June 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
J. B. Courtney Woolen Mills (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
19th Century woolen mill in continuous operation
June 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Hearthstone (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
First house to be fully electrified by hydroelectric generation
June 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated listing, added description and added photos
Fox River Paper Company Historic District (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
Former paper mill converted to apartments
June 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Joseph Kronser Hotel and Saloon (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
19th Century wood-frame hotel still operating as a nightclub/saloon
June 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Coordinates, Updated Status and Added Photos
Greenville State Bank (Outagamie County, Wisconsin)
Former state chartered bank now a private residence
June 18, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Arcola Carnegie Public Library (Douglas County, Illinois)

June 11, 2017: New photos
Arcola Carnegie Public Library (Douglas County, Illinois)

June 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Unity Church (Coles County, Illinois)
Now home of Trinity Episcopal Church
June 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected Address, Corrected GPS coordinates and added photographs
Unity Church (Coles County, Illinois)
Now home of Trinity Episcopal Church
June 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Starr Hotel (Coles County, Illinois)
Former hotel now serving retail and residential functions
June 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Time Theater (Coles County, Illinois)
Art Deco era, single screen movie theater
June 10, 2017: Added
Illinois Central Railroad Depot (Coles County, Illinois)

June 10, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added Description and photos
U. S. Post Office (Coles County, Illinois)
Former Post Office now serving the local Board of Education
June 9, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Fifteenth Street and Oklahoma Avenue Brick Street (Coles County, Illinois)
Original brick paving in a residential area
June 9, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Coordinates
Effingham County Courthouse (Effingham County, Illinois)
1871 Courthouse still in limited use
June 8, 2017: New photos
Effingham County Courthouse (Effingham County, Illinois)
1871 Courthouse still in limited use
June 7, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Tennessee State Office Building (Davidson County, Tennessee)
Streamlined Classical immediately east of the state capitol
June 4, 2017: Added
Tennessee State Library and Archives (Davidson County, Tennessee)
Neoclassical building with significant architectural features
June 4, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated listing, added description and added photos
Tennessee State Capitol (Davidson County, Tennessee)
Greek Revival Capitol on the Most Commanding Hill in Nashville
June 3, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
James Knox Polk Burial Site (Davidson County, Tennessee)
Final resting place of America's 11th POTUS
June 3, 2017: New photos
White-Turner-Sanford House (Madison County, Alabama)

June 3, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Randolph Street Church of Christ (Madison County, Alabama)

June 3, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Rand Building (Madison County, Alabama)

June 3, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Milligan Block (Madison County, Alabama)

June 3, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
William Burritt Mansion (Madison County, Alabama)
Individualized structure full of unconventional neoclassical details and unique structural features
June 3, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated listing, added description and added photos
May and Cooney Dry Goods Company (Madison County, Alabama)
One of the few extant, glazed terra cotta, commercial buildings in Huntsville
June 3, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added Description and photos
Lowe Mill and Mill Village Historic District (Madison County, Alabama)
One of the state's outstanding intact examples of an early 20th Century mill village.
June 3, 2017: New photos
Henderson National Bank (Madison County, Alabama)
Moderne Style bank building
June 3, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Update listing and added photos
Everett Building (Madison County, Alabama)

June 3, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Big Spring (Madison County, Alabama)
The original water source of Huntsville.
June 3, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Railway Express Agency Building (Coles County, Illinois)
Brick freight depot that served two railroads, demolished in 2013
May 30, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status to "Demolished"
James Knox Polk Burial Site (Davidson County, Tennessee)
Final resting place of America's 11th POTUS
May 22, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Cooordinates
Wisconsin Memorial Park (Waukesha County, Wisconsin)
One of the largest cemeteries in Wisconsin
May 21, 2017: Added
Indianapolis Masonic Temple (Marion County, Indiana)

May 16, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected GPS Coordinates
Beals and Torrey Shoe Co. Building (Jefferson County, Wisconsin)
Former shoe factory now serving as an apartment complex
May 16, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Tripp Memorial Library and Hall (Sauk County, Wisconsin)
Two story, brick, rectangular building
May 9, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated listing, added description and added photos
Sauk City High School (Sauk County, Wisconsin)
Spanish Mission Style brick school now serving as part of an apartment complex
May 9, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
Ferdinand Schulze House (Dodge County, Wisconsin)
A good example of a mid-nineteenth century, rural, tradesman's farm
May 7, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated listing, added description 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.