Tuesday, April 22, 2014

STL 250 Cakeway to the West, Part 2

As I mentioned in Part 1, I am obsessed with Cakeway to the West. This is my attempt to catalog all 250 cakes!

Le Grange de Terre (Big Mound) Memorial

MX Complex/Blues Museum

St Louis Public Library/Central Library

Christ Church Cathedral

St Louis City Hall


Lammert Building

Lindenwood University

St Charles First Missouri State Capitol

St Charles Old Courthouse

Union Station
Here's a link to the leaderboard and map, updated daily! http://www.stl250.org/cake-leaderboard.aspx

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Le Grange de Terre (Big Mound) Memorial

Years and years ago, I posted about the monument to Big Mound on North Broadway in St Louis, MO. At the time, we lamented the lack of plaque identifying the monument, and wondered if it had been forgotten. I am happy to report that the Big Mound rock has a new home and is part of a much greater project!

When out looking for the Le Grange de Terre (Big Mound) Memorial cake last week, first I pulled up to the old site and had a heart attack, because it is just a pile of bricks with no big rock. Then I kind of recalled that it had been moved for some reason having to do with the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, and the archaeology project I mentioned in that post from 2010. I backtracked to Mound Street, which you see in the first picture, and lo, a new home for Le Grange de Terre Memorial!

The Mounds Heritage Trail will eventually connect Sugar Loaf Mound in St Louis to the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center in Illinois, traveling through various urban & rural points of interest including former mound sites in St Louis and East St Louis. I gathered these details from various news articles from the past 3 years, so if anyone knows of one comprehensive link to trail plans, I would be happy to link to it here!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

STL250 Cakeway to the West, Part 1

Have you seen the STL250 Cakeway to the West art installation popping up all over St Louis? It's St Louis's 250th birthday in 2014, and we're celebrating all year long! There's a cake right down the street from my house, at the Carondelet Historical Society, which is in the old Des Peres School, where Susan Blow started the very first kindergarten in the United States. Our house is on the old Blow farm. 

Carondelet Historical Society
Carondelet Park
If you have known me for any length of time, you know I am obsessed with lists and collecting, especially a list I can cross off by collecting things. As of this typing there are 212 cakes, and you can find a current and printable list at stl250.org. I'm determined that this blog will showcase all the cakes by the end of the year.

Peabody Opera House
Lewis & Clark Boat House & Nature Center

Magic House 
Mastodon State Historic Site
Saint Rose Philippine Duschene
Old Post Office

Check back monthly to chart my cake hunting progress!