Nothing lasts forever, and I'm OK with that. But in doing some additional research into the original owner and/or use of the abandoned building Roscoe and I noticed yesterday, I wished that a couple things would have lasted just a hair longer than they did.
If you read yesterday's post, you might remember me talking about the giant dairy farm that used to operate, apparently, in the general vicinity of the abandoned building. Today I did some digging into the dairy farm's history, although not much exists on the internet. That said, there are a couple pictures out there indicating just how massive the place was; dairy barns, greenhouses, employee housing...the complex was sprawling. The dairy farm ceased operations prior to 1950, so the fact that nothing from it remains today isn't real surprising.
However, I discovered that up until very recently, several of the older and more prominent buildings still stood. I also discovered that the dairy farm family mansion may or may not still stand on the property - somewhere - as well.
I knew some addresses, but since the street layouts have changed with recent residential and golf course development in the area, they're no longer applicable. I found a couple pics of the mansion, but nothing super definitive. So...I knew a general area, and what the mansion generally looked like. It wasn't much, but I felt like if I could find some old aerial photographs, I might be able to spot the house. Maybe.
Modern aerial photography is light years better than it was even 5 or 10 years ago, let alone many decades ago, so the older aerials weren't much help. The dairy farm operation as a whole is easily discernible in the older images, but if any of the old buildings did in fact still stand, or stand recently, I'd have to hope to find them on the more recent aerials.
And I did.
In the 2014 aerial, see the structure in the very southwest corner? That was a giant dairy barn. The "L" shaped house north of the barn, that was the mansion. They existed in 2014 but were gone by 2016, having been razed to make way for new homes. That area is up on top of the bluffs overlooking the Meramec River; the second story windows in the mansion must have had a pretty amazing view of the river and everything else to the north.
Want to see some pics of the barn, taken before it was demolished? Check these out.
Want to see some pics of the mansion, taken before it was demolished? Check these out.
One of the things I found most interesting about the house's location is its proximity to the mysterious abandoned structure we saw yesterday; it's located in the northeast corner of the 2014 and 2016 aerials. I can't help but think it was related to the owners of the dairy farm in some capacity.
So...I still don't know who owned the abandoned building or what it was used for, but I've got a little more information today than I did yesterday. I just wish I wasn't 3 or 4 years too late to check out the other abandoned structures in the area.