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 Music of Yesterday”… The Music Machines of House on the Rock.

I took so many wonderful pictures during my time at “House on the Rock,” that I wanted to make sure to not overwhelm my readers with a novel of pictures. So to break it up a bit, I thought I would just post a couple of pictoral posts about some of the rooms that were JUST AMAZING!! For more information about my visit, check out the FULL POST HERE. Today’s installment, and FINAL one of the HOTR Pictorial Series, is that of the Music Machines. I didn’t even really understand the point of these upon my first time at the house. You find them in the home section, then littered throughout the Museum sections. You can normally purchase tokens, but with Covid, they were limiting a few given with your ticket purchased. The machines ONLY run on tokens, along with several fun things like a fortune teller and displays you can play. Most take ONE, but the large ones, that literally FILL a room, take TWO. It’s fun to enjoy with or without the kids, but it’s so unusual to play them that it’s worth it. Several times I passed them up, and then I thought I better start using my tokens, can’t use them to pay for my fries on the way home so might as well! The video can be seen on Facebook on The Relocated Tourist page, but here are the pics posted below of these mammoth music makers- enjoy! Check out more about the HOUSE here!

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Let’s see the HOUSE Pictures of “House on the Rock”

I took so many wonderful pictures during my time at “House on the Rock,” that I wanted to make sure to not overwhelm my readers with a novel of pictueres. So to break it up a bit, I thought I would just post a couple of pictoral posts about some of the rooms that were JUST AMAZING!! For more information about my visit, check out the FULL POST HERE. The “house” portion of this attraction is just as bizarre and crazy as the rest of the place! It contains 14 rooms, and I don’t know how I would ever feel comfortable in a home like this. Low ceilings, deep living spaces, slanted windows, staircases, and carpeted ceilings. Words don’t do it justice, just check out the pics below and enjoy! 

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“House on the Rock” in Spring Green, WI

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Located in Spring Green, Wisconsin, this was one of those attractions that I longed to see while growing up in this beautiful State. It almost seemed like a myth, some magical folklore of a home that rested on a large rock. Possibly a Seuss tale? I never got there as a child, as I wish I would have. BUT I got to take my children there, and it was something magical, mind blowing, and exhausting to see. Imagine the craziest house you can think of, set it in these beautiful rolling hills in WI, and then add onto it the collections of the most macabre and bizarre things you can think of. See, that’s where people go wrong, they think the “House on the Rock” is JUST that, a house on a rock. Nope! It is a pish posh of collections, albeit amazing and astounding, attached to a 14-room home that was designed and started by Alex Jordan in 1945 on top of a 60 foot chimney of rock. As the years went on, he added more and more to his collections (I get it, my Pop Funkos and Disney Pins are getting there) until it has become what it is today.  Honestly it should be called the “House on the Rock Museum” and that would give people a better understanding of it.

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I SHOULD have booked my ticket online, as it would have cost me $24.99 and not the $29.99 I paid at the box office upon arriving. The ticket includes all THREE sections of the Attraction, and it is the ONLY ticket they are selling right now. Normally you can purchase a ticket for just ONE of the sections, as this place takes HOURS to tour. I was there on a Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 (weekdays are always quieter). They opened at 9 am, and again with Covid, I thought that getting there right at opening would increase my chances of staying away from the crowds and being more on my own- and I was right! I was literally the third car parked, parking is free by the way, and it’s easy to find and park there. (Can’t stand places where the parking is so stressful that I won’t even bother with it and leave).  Restrooms are located right at the ticket area- use them as this place is HUGE and they are located along the tour but they are spread out, so it’s just easier to knock that off the list right away! Also they encourage you to bring your own bottle of water to use as you tour- drinking coolers were provided along the way, but most of them were empty. Again, trying to minimize the spread, just bring your own from home, that way you know where it came from and that you can sanitize it yourself. Oh, also wear the best walking shoes you have-its 375 feet of ramp through out the treetops alone! I am a Marathoner, and I am telling you I had my best shoes on and I was still sore after 3 hours of non-stop walking and touring, so keep that in mind.

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The first part of the Attraction is the actual house and the infinity room. It’s the craziest house you will ever lay eyes upon, with musical instruments in rooms that play what I feel like is a song you would hear in a horror film. Yes, a full orchestra of instruments that you are given tokens for (when you buy your ticket) and you can choose which music rooms you want to play.  I feel like Alex was really high when he designed this home… he made everything you talk about with your friends when you are just being silly and ridiculous. Just look at the pictures and you’ll understand what I mean. 

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The Ininifty Room is not for the faint of heart of those who are unliking of heights and the latter.  I struggle with height BUT I was the ONLY one touring that section, seemed like a courage thing, so I traversed the entire room to the end.  There they have a lovely glass bottom so you can see where youll be falling to your impending death….I mean, you can see how high you are above the trees.  Reat photo opps here, so take advantage of this amazing room!

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The second part of the tour takes you into the Museum part which sets you onto Streets of Yesterday, at night, creepy music rooms and mannequins included. LOTS and LOTS of mannequins. There is so much history that he has collected, you can FEEL the energy of off it. Heck yeah I played my ghost app for awhile, got some great responses too. It was just a bit challenging trying to run the ghost app, then log off that to get pics and videos, then log back in- a lot of back and forth. Those are the times I need an extra hand and IPhone lol.

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The next section is the “The Heritage of the Sea” which my kids LOVED when they visited here. There is a cute music section called “The Octopus Garden” that plays the sweetest tune and is a family favorite! What is actually more jaw dropping in this section is the warehouse sized Whale and Octopus that are in a battle in the middle of the room. They are surrounded by three floors of nautical history and collections- even some from the Titanic! So much to read and experience in here, this room alone takes some time to explore.

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Next is this large warehouse of hot air balloons, cabinets filled with odd ball collections, old cars, carriages, and trucks, and a real working ice cream and pizza parlor. Are you understanding now why I say this is not a “House?” LOL I did stop here and buy another bottle of water, the Pizza Parlor was open during Covid, but I didn’t see that the Ice Cream Parlor was. It’s a nice place to stop and rest before touring on, any chance you can get off your feet, take it here!

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I was then brought back around into the back side of “Streets of Yesteryear” where there are large music rooms which I played in a couple of them.  Alone, which 90% of my visit I was, it was rather spooky to listen to the music, sitting there in the dim lit room, more mannequin eyes staring at me as they hit their drums.  Onto a smaller room, all about Aviation with planes circling the ceiling, and then you pour out onto a sight that is just unexplainable. A FULL SCALE Carousel, complete with the creepiest animals, people, and sculptures known to man! No, you can’t ride it, which I think is cruel to the kids especially, but honestly? I feel like it’s something that if you rode it you would be transported to another dimension and become the latest victim in a “Black Mirror” episode. So yeah, just look at it from afar.

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The third and final section to this house of horrors brings you into the largest collection of pipe organs you will ever see on this planet. I always giggle thinking about the Phantom running around with glee like a kid on Christmas, playing all of them.  They have carpeted bridges, walkways, and spiral staircases with, you guessed it, MORE MANNEQINS! Seriously, this is a horror film waiting to happen.  At this point, I am getting tired. You seen one organ you seen them all, am I right? LOL Halfway through this area, they direct you to a small café area, with a walkway outside. Personally I feel like it’s a “Hey, we know you’re tired of looking at all this stuff, so have some fresh H20 and sit awhile.”

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After my hit of some pure outdoor oxygen, I was on my way back through more dark hallways and onto THE DOLLHOUSE SECTION!!! Yeah, I am a sucker for the teeny, tiny things! So many houses, one after another, I can’t imagine dusting any of these and I’m thinking they don’t! If you have a child that loves dollhouses, this will make their heads spin!  And it’s rooms and ROOMS of them- there had to be at least a hundred of them. Which then leads you to the Circus portion!  I LOVE the the dioramas of circus events under the big tops, always amazed at the work it took to set up, paint, and design each small event. Impressive doesn’t describe this area, and I don’t even know where you begin to “collect” something like these. The finality of this room is what nightmares are made of… a full orchestra on one of the second floor plays music, while sitting in front of a large circus wagon, full of, wait for it, MORE MANNEQUNS!!! It’s just THE creepiest room of the entire place and I fear that one time the lights will go out and then pop back on and every mannequin will be missing and they will all be waiting for me by my car. Jokes on them! My car could only take like 4 of them, HAH! On a side note, this room is surrounded on the left side with Diamond ads that have buttons to press to make them move- little play sets almost- very fun to see!

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Lastly, there is the Royal Section with jewels, swords, artillery, and Knights! A full complete small scale of Buckingham Palace as well…..I mean, why?  The Renn girl in me was excited to see the Knights, and then moved on. A spiraling walk up more red carpet, past a carousel hanging from the ceiling, loaded with dolls galore! Yes Mom, you would LOVE this room! And then it all ends back on the other side of the grand carousel, and they set you free with good behavior into the outside Japanese garden and, of course, the gift shop!

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Like I said, this attraction takes A LOT of time! There is a full museum section right BEFORE the house that I just barely looked at because of time. If you sat and watched the film there, read everything, that ALONE would take you at least an hour and you’re not even INSIDE yet! My advice? Read up on the facts of the home before heading there, that way you know what to expect. There’s so much to see and do that you don’t want to lose the day before finishing it, and that COULD happen, especially if you have kids! The gift shop had clothing, magnets, Christmas ornaments, and mugs. There is a gift shop at the bottom of the hill, and then there is one at the main entrance. Keep in mind after walking for hours and hours, you then get to walk UP HILL for awhile BACK to the Main lobby and then up again to the parking lot. So, just be ready!  I encourage all to check out this Wisconsin wonder, it will surely blow your mind! Enjoy with more pictures HERE.

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The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL

RoadTripLogoMost of my 2020 summer travels have been to roadside attractions and haunted places simply because  they have been away from crowds and have been free to enjoy. Museums were one of those “tricky” ones to try during these Covid days, but being here this summer, I really wanted to see the Museum of Science and Industry again.  LOVED it as a child, lots of school trips here from WI, and many with my own kids. I knew that it wouldn’t be the same with Covid, but I am learning that NOTHING is, and you just have to find the good in each day and then run with it. So that’s what I decided to do, booked online my date, Saturday, August 8th, 2020. Ticket were free during this time (just needed to make a reservation for the day and time), as they were just in the process of reopening, but alas parking inside their connected garage still cost me $22.00 The Garage entrance is located right in front of the Museum and was easy to find. Before you leave your car, remember your mask, its required at all times!rsz_img_8507rsz_img_8592Now, let’s get the uglies out of going during these Covid times, everything that you probably enjoyed before, is more than likely closed.  Just accept and know that ahead of time, so you don’t have upset kids the rest of the day.  What’s closed? Well for me, the Submarine, the Coal Mines, Finnegans Ice Cream Parlor, and the Café inside. They DID have set up a tent just outside the front steps where you could buy hotdogs and hambugers, along with chips and drinks. Tables were spaced away from each other, and it was a nice option other than nothing.  I have noticed the more touring I do, the hungrier I get, go figure. I mean, who looks at a Fairytale Castle and says “Boy, I could use a hot dog right now.” But alas, this is how I was imperfectly made!

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Speaking of the Fairytale Castle, THE best thing in this Museum and my ALL -TIME FAVORITE thing to see here, it WAS open and I was more than happy! I skipped in, I stared, I squealed with childlike glee at all of the tiny, elegant furniture. They used to have phones that you would pick up at each station around it and hear the stories of each room- they have now modernized it more to be told in speakers above you with motion sensors. It was a nice touch, and Im sure a happy one for them now with the virus concerns and the phones. It’s something NOT to be missed!!rsz_img_8554rsz_img_8587rsz_img_8547rsz_img_8543rsz_img_8515 (1)

There’s so much to explore here, from the real live Tornado, to the full size Sub, to the room full of stages of pregnancy, this Museum is rich with science and I LOVE that! With every turn inside this Museum, it’s goosebumps and excitement. I mean, how cool is it to see a Tesla machine making lightening while you stand feet away? Or see right inside the human body with real examples? I just love this Museum and I think it’s so vital to share with our children on the whats and whys of how life happens and exists.  Check it out, even with everything closed, it’s still worth the stop! Enjoy!SCIENCEtornadorsz_img_8624

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