Don’t you love images like this one? It is a stretch of Manchester that is familiar to all of us who live in or near Maplewood. Recognizable but almost completely different from the way it looks today.
In June of 2004, Maplewoodian Greg Rannells, a direct descendant of Charles and Mary, was allowed inside the old family home. He took the images featured in this post and was kind enough to let me copy them. Before receiving these from Greg neither I nor anyone else involved with the effort to save Woodside had seen the inside of it.
When smoke spewing Big Boy #4014 blasted through Maplewood on August 30 thrilling hundreds of steam engine buffs, railroad fans and curious onlookers; it was a reenactment of an evolution of an event that probably first occurred 167 years ago. I don’t know yet exactly when the first steam engine passed through James Sutton’s farm as the Pacific Railroad pushed west. It may have been 1854.
Maplewood Police Officer Jason Schuster was assigned to the responsibility of being the link between the police department and the block captains, and was asked to help plan Maplewood’s Regional Night Out events.
Monday morning Maplewood residents gathered by the tracks in the Greenwood neighborhood to see the steam locomotive the Union Pacific Big Boy #4014 heading west. Maplewood resident Charles Hardy took these photos.
If you are a follower of this space you will already know that three of my last four posts have been about Woodside, Maplewood’s oldest home and the Rannells family that built it and occupied it for 70+ years. If you don’t know this you can find out by examining the following links.
Andrew Gates, communications specialist for the Missouri Department of Transportation, St. Louis district, has relayed information on planned work for Manchester Road between S. Big Bend and Lindbergh boulevards. The work includes lane closures near Lindbergh in the near future, and a full closure next summer to replace the Black Creek bridge, which is just west of South Hanley.