This structure is in a farmer’s field near the Mississippi/Missouri Confluence. It’s surrounded by a rusty fence. While I don’t know exactly what it is, it appears to be some sort of water intake, possibly for flood control as it is definitely within the flood plain.
Although the purpose of this blog was to challenge myself to look for places where nature was taking over man-made structures, the subject of this set of posts, the St. Louis Mills Mall, is in remarkably good shape and nature has not yet made many inroads aside from a few water leaks in the ceiling. Given that the mall property is supposed to be turned into a sports complex soon, nature will likely not get a chance to reclaim this property any time soon. So I suppose that this post is a bit off-topic.
In any case, below are photos of some of the stores, and details from some of the many mall decorations in the now-closed St. Louis Mills. For some overview shots of the hallway please see my prior post.
Many of the closed storefronts were covered in banners with different shopping-related quotes.
The St. Louis Mills Mall opened in 2003 in a suburb of St. Louis called Hazelwood. It changed hands in 2012 to become the St. Louis Outlet Mall. With the rise of Internet shopping, and opening of two outlet malls in nearby Chesterfield in 2013, the mall continued to decline. This past May, tenants were given their 30-day notice to vacate. The property has been purchased and plans are to create a large sports facility.
I had a chance to walk through last June, when the mall was nearly empty. I only saw 2 stores accessible from the inside of the mall. The larger stores that were still open — Burlington Coat Factory, Cabela’s, etc. — all had their mall entrances blocked off which just added to the spookiness of the place.
Below is the store directory as it looked in June, 2019. Most of these stores were already gone.
It’s been three years since I’ve posted. Nothing drastic has happened in that time, just a job that took up so much of my time and energy that a lot of things went by the wayside.
This photo is of the railroad trestle near the flood wall in downtown St. Louis. The bridge itself is not abandoned, but the overgrowth and graffiti gives it the abandoned vibe anyway.