Haunted Bellefontaine Cemetery…St. Louis

It goes without saying, most feel that Cemeteries are haunted with spirits that for some reason, still roam the Earth.  I have always found a peace about them- the large trees, rolling hills of grass, and a sense that I’m never alone, but also that I am in no danger either.  So on this road trip, I have been exploring more of these types of places and less the buildings with their tickets and hours.  Not that they don’t have hours as well, but I can come and go as I please, and just enjoy looking and talking to them.  We put these stones to remember our loved ones, yet with the over 30 at least now I have visited so far, it was sad to see barely a live soul there. So I almost feel like I am visiting them, yes, I am wierd, and no, I’m not a psychic. Just like to love on souls.

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Upon my visit to the great City of St. Louis, I read up on a couple of really interesting Cemeteries, this being one of them. Located along the river banks of the great Mississippi, (Do yall want to know HOW many times I have had to type that and having to channel my inner grade student? LOL), this beautiful resting place hosts some famous souls. William Clark of “Louis and Clark” is memorialized here with the words “His Life is Written in the History of His Country.” Wow, just beautiful! My luck my stone will say “Duh.”

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The Cemetery boasts of Memorial Arcitectural works that have been documented with the National Registry of Historic Places. Started in 1875, the Bellefontaine Cemetery has so many born and passed in the 1800’s, that the vibe in here is certainly an air of ancient.  It just feels old. I’m always drawn to the older tombstones, the masoleums and crypts, and the statues that some chose to have on top of their stones to be remembered by. Personally, I love the picture ones, so you can see the person when they were happy and full of life.

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The Lemp Mansion…Most Haunted in St. Louis

Another location I had heard about for years was the “Lemp Mansion.” Located in St. Louis, Missouri, at 3322 DeMenil Place, this Mansion holds lots of secrets, and sadly, many suicides.  Found in the posh side of town, what was then known as “Benton Park,” Lemp built this home from his fame and fortune from his Brewery, found just down the road from his home.  Adam Lemp came from Germany and decided to sell his own vinegar and beer here in the States. His beer became popular because it was German lagers instead of the American Ales, focusing and creating his “Western Brewery.”

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As generations lived on over the years, indiscretion, children out of marriages, disease, and so on, would move four of the family members to commit suicide INSIDE the house. And of course, with so much death in the home, there was bound to be a few who stayed behind to haunt.  Everything from appartitions, slamming doors, cold spots, and more have been experienced inside the house. After the last of the family members passed, it was turned into a boarding home and then again bought and revived in 1975.  The Pointer family brought it back to it’s glory, and it now serves as a Restaurant and Bed & Breakfast.  LempMansion4LempMansion2rsz_img_0415rsz_img_0436 (1)

I was touring all day when I came upon this on Saturday, August 22nd. I was so excited to see it, and of course, they had a wedding going on so it was a no go to walk in. Again, what is meant for me is meant for me, and maybe I was being kept from something sinister and I am OK with that!  Honestly just the outside of the home had a very dark vibe to it, and I just felt heaviness on my chest as I looked up into the windows.  The neighborhood it sits in is also famous and adorable and it was just neat to see it all in person.  If you like the haunted stuff, I highly encourage you to call ahead for dinner reservations or room reservations and then you can say you stayed at one of THE most haunted places in the U.S.! Want to read about more haunted places? Check HERE and enjoy!rsz_img_0433rsz_img_0438

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Haunted Lafayette Square in St. Louis

RoadTripLogoHaving been to Savannah and other beautiful cities, it never gets old to see the impressive architecture used back in the day. Buildings then had such personalities, each one different and unique.  I don’t mind the cookie cutter homes, but there’s nothing like a home from the early 1900’s. Of course, I am sure they would love our technology today than their pretty buildings, but hey, I’ll guess I’ll have to ask them some day!rsz_img_0472

 

Every neighborhood has that ONE home that everyone avoids, talks about, walks quickly past because it just gives them a bad vibe. Well what if it was the ENTIRE neighborhood? In May of 1896, the “Great Cyclone” as they would deem it, destroyed this area, eating everything in it’s path. One of the deadliest tornadoes in history, it would take 255 precious souls that day. rsz_img_0473

With all of that death, it would be no surprise that the neighborhood, and the Park it surrounds, are said to be haunted with those who perished in the storm. This suburb just outside the city of St. Louis is so beautiful and quaint, it’s almost hard to wrap your head around the devestation that occured there.  I drove and took pics, not really feeling anything but sadness for so many people who left this Earth so quickly.  If you’d like to check out more spooky sites that I have road tripped to, check them out HERE. Enjoy!rsz_img_0474

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The Arzt House….Haunted St. Louis

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Many a home and location are haunted in the City of St. Louis, and one of the most haunted, yet not too known, is the “Arzt House.”  An immigrant from Hungaria, Dr. Franz Arzt came to America, finding many business opportunities to lead him up the ladder of success and fortune. Building the home in 1874, it hosts not only a carriage house, but tunnels that run underneath the home.

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Located at 2330 S. 12th Street, also known as “Soulard,” I had no problem finding the house. It stands out like a single candle on a birthday cake. Want to make a wish? This row of homes that surround it seem to sit in it’s shadows, while it reigns over them at the top of the hill. Had I known earlier, I wouldv’e booked a night hear on Air BnB for $90 a night- not sure I would get any sleep though! It is rumored that the good Doctor himself haunts the home and has been seen on more than one occasion.  I can tell you that just from walking around the property, as it takes up a good corner of the block, it is impressive and it is HUGE!  I may have to think on a second trip here, it sounds like a scary good time in a beautiful home. Want to see more of my haunted road trip? Check it out HERE. Enjoy!ArtzHouse5ArtzHouse6

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The Gateway Arch in St. Louis

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One of my bucket lists, and I have many going, is to visit each National Park in the great U.S.A. I have been blessed to have been to many already, so I am well on my way to checking them off.  I am always intimidated by the “big city” on driving in, around, and especially the anxiety around parking.  You’d think that living in Florida I would be used to bumper to bumper traffic and being constantly on my guard when changing lanes or using my GPS, but alas, I was still intimidated here. Thankfully I was there on a Saturday morning, around 9 a.m., and the first parking lot I saw I took!  $10, pre-paid CC only lot, I didn’t care because it was nice and close to the Park and it was also close to the highway to get out- a VERY important detail!rsz_img_0198rsz_img_0199rsz_img_0200

I was there around 9 a.m. so lucky me, I had pretty much the place to myself.  The sun was shining, and the walk TO the Park was pretty neat!  I walked underneath their train system, then up a large hill lined with trees and clean sidewalks.  It was the kind of Park that you see picnics in, joggers running by, and kids holding parents hands.  As you get to the cusp of the hill, like a movie being revealed behind the red velvet curtains, the great Mississippi in all it’s majesty presents herself. It was so beautiful, it almost takes the attention away from the Arch that sits quietly above your head. Riverboat cruises and helicopter tours are provided down on the river, a large paved staircase located next to the one side of the Arch.rsz_img_0203rsz_img_0205rsz_img_0207

Constructed in the early 1960s, and costing $13 million, the land they needed to build the arch would need 40 blocks of the downtown St. Louis area, and demolish it they would along with 290 Businesses.  Ouch! The legs were built seperately, so if they were even off by a HAIR, they would not reconnect at the top correctly! Can you imagine them getting to that point and being like “well crap, it’s a do over!” LOL.  Kind of a cool fact, it is as high as it is wide. 630 feet tall and 630 feet wide! Now, the Tram wasn’t operating, due to Covid at the time, but my Mom had ridden it and said it’s a spectacular view but a terrifying experience- especially if you don’t like heights.  Part elevator and part ferris wheel, it takes you to the top where you can see out of windows, and then back down again. rsz_img_0208rsz_img_0188rsz_img_0213

Personally, I was just happy to touch it. I was so happy standing underneath it, taking pictures, and enjoying the view of the Mississippi. They had food trucks near the Main Entrance of the Park, and then souvenirs being sold out of another truck.  It’s a great location to walk from to enjoy the River or the Downtown area, which I then walked to get to the City Museum. Check out that post HERE.  It was a great experience, everyone had masks on, and you can easily social distance in this spacious area. Enjoy!

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The City Museum in St. Louis, MO

 

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I was looking for something fun to tour, something I hadn’t done before. During these interesting times, I have found creativity rules all. So to keep my love of adventure alive and to honestly keep my interests peaked, I thought I would try out the City Museum. Located in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, and about a mile from the Gateway Arch, it was in walking distance so that I didn’t have to park and pay twice. I HIGHLY suggest this, as the parking near the Museum WAS plentiful, but the parking near the Arch was a bit stressful to find. I booked my ticket online at their WEBSITE, and lucky me, they were half off for the day I attended which was a Saturday, August 22nd, 2020.rsz_img_0265rsz_img_0281

The entrance way, already in a creepy type ally setting, was an eclectic mess of twisting steel, rusting metal, and beautiful sculptures.  I walked up wondering what I had got myself into honestly, was I entering a Museum or Batman’s underground lair? You never know, sometimes what looks great online can just be a big old mess when it’s right in front of you. Entering was easy, just showed the paid ticket on my phone, bypassed the families in line to buy tickets, and I was in. Heard a lot of chatter about a Groupon deal for that day, so check that out if you are thinking of coming here.rsz_img_0270rsz_img_0272rsz_img_0273rsz_img_0274

There’s no wrong way to tour this place, at least that’s how I saw it. With one main staircase that runs up the left side, along the wall of windows, you can traverse that or find the other many hidden passage ways, tunnels, and spiral staircases to and from each floor. Yes, you read that right, you are a child again here and playing is part of the fun! At first I thought maybe it was truly like a Children’s Museum, that I had been to many with my own kids when they were small, but as I explored deeper, I just found more and more that didn’t add up to that.rsz_img_0553rsz_img_0949rsz_img_0286

I wish I could explain this place better, as it was the craziest, coolest, mind blowing Museum I had been to in a while.  Artists came together to make this fairytale of places, and it feels like you are just transported from one storybook to another. At one point, I see a small door open, nothing written on it to say where it is going, and I find myself through it and in this large, dark shaft.  Was I in the employee parking lot? What is this place??? No, it’s spiraling staircases that lead higher and higher to a 5 and 10 STORY, not FOOT, STORY slides!!! No, I didn’t slide….seriously I couldn’t even process that this was a room.rsz_img_0297rsz_img_0298

I would walk from one room full of old pinball machines, to the next which hosted a Beatnik Café with old fashioned soda bottles and hot dogs. I found myself saying out loud, A LOT, WHERE AM I???? One floor was just a sea of creatures and waterfalls, the next was a system of tunnels that you could sperlunk in. A Castle sat in another corner, with an animal playground for toddlers next to it.  A Circus on that same floor where they normally had performers come, big top and all. Then a full, HUGE, SKATE Park where you can come and skateboard or rollerblade!rsz_img_0363rsz_img_0356

And then there is the outside….Monstropolis. A playground on a level that was not only mind blowing, but encouraged for ALL ages to enjoy!  Airplanes to walk in and out of, suspended high above the parking lot, a dragon’s scales to LITERALLY scale, a bus that teeters off the roof (closed due to covid), and so much more!!! I don’t think this is a Museum, but a movie set.rsz_img_0303rsz_img_0958rsz_img_0954rsz_img_0332rsz_img_0333rsz_img_0338

It took me a good three hours to see everything, and there’s a lot to enjoy here. I noticed several small places to eat, and unless you are sitting to eat, masks are required at all times while touring.  The Beatnik Café was on the third floor and barely being used, while the main eatery on the second floor was much more popular. I loved the Café, it’s a great place to sit and have a hot dog while looking at all the crazy and wonderful art displays there. I found it much more peaceful and fun than the Eatery on te second floor.rsz_img_0351

Also don’t miss the beautiful displays of City architecture that they saved from around St. Louis before certain buildings are areas were demolished due to time and progress. These pieces are absolutely stunning and although they seemed to bore the kids around us, I encourage adults to take the time to take them in.  Seriously, they made some gorgeous buildings back in the day.rsz_img_0374rsz_img_0384rsz_img_0321rsz_img_0329rsz_img_0320rsz_img_0280rsz_img_0319

So there you have it, the City Museum! I highly recommend you take the family for a day of this and the Arch in St. Louis, great things to see and I believe you’ll come away from the experience too saying “What the heck did I just see?” Enjoy!

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