Demolition and Rebirth in Lucas Heights

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     By the 1950s, most of Lucas Heights’ residential buildings in Midtown St. Louis were scheduled for demolition. Poor building construction from 1900 to 1905 in an area designated for black St. Louisans left the area collapsing a mere 50 years later.  The photo below,courtesy of the Mercantile Library at University of Missouri – Saint Louis, shows a building

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Martin “Farmer” Burns

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    Martin “Farmer” Burns was a professional catch-as-catch can wrestler as well as wrestling and physical cultural trainer.  He had success as a professional wrestler even winning the American Heavyweight Championship.  However, he is more famous as a wrestling trainer.      Martin “Farmer” Burns was born February 15, 1861 in Cedar County, Iowa.  Both then and now, wrestling is in

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A Common Story in North St. Louis

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1942-44 Hebert Street is located in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood of St. Louis, MO.  While Old North St. Louis houses many historic buildings, much of the built environment is distressed.  Like many of it’s neighbors, 1942-44 Hebert Street sits empty and is crumbling from neglect.  My interest in the building is because my great grandmother Caroline Ellis nee Johannpeter

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