Cleveland High School St. Louis

cleveland_high_school1(St. Louis, MO 2015) A number of former schools in St. Louis are up for sale. Many of them sit abandoned altogether. The Cleveland High School is a beautiful old building, and is pretty huge. However, people have stolen the flashing from the roof to sell to shady recycling places, and as a result the water streams in every time it rains.

When asked why no one takes care of the building, we were told that the SLPS is in the business of educating children, not of maintaining old buildings. Still, it seems to me that when you have a property you’ve valued at $2.5 million for sale, some investment in its security and upkeep would be wise. If the building could sell (and others in the same situation), that’s a lot of money that could go toward education.

In the meantime, it’s a fascinating place to photograph on the rare occasion that they open it up for a tour.

More photos on my Flickr account.

Nike Missile Site in Pere Marquette State Park

guard_shack_pere_marquette(Near St. Louis, MO 2015) There’s a gorgeous park located across the river in Illinois called Pere Marquette. It’s known for being a good place for bird watching, specifically the bald eagles that over-winter in the park. What most people don’t know is that it used to be home to one of four Nike missile sites meant to protect St. Louis in the event of a nuclear war. This page, describing another site in Heckler, IL, gives a nice historical summary of why they were put here.

Visitors are not allowed to go through the site itself, so the only thing visible is the old guard shack behind a chain link fence.

Moselle, MO Abandoned House

persistence-1090563(Moselle, MO) There’s a quaint old town southwest of St. Louis called Moselle. One of the few locals left told me that it used to be a bustling place due to the presence of the railroad that goes through the town. Once I-44 was put into place, the town slowly died, and most of the buildings on the main street sit abandoned.