Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Missouri Pacific Roundhouses in Between Compton and Cardinal North of Chouteau

I also determined that there was a large brick roundhouse right in the middle of the Mill Creek Valley just east of Compton Ave. The two Sanborn maps show the whole complex; for a sense of place, the little wood roundhouse is the same structure in both maps.
No traces of the roundhouses remain, and the entire area is now occupied by what I think was the Villa Lighting Warehouse.

1 comment:

  1. Tom Maher - KirkwoodJanuary 10, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Thanks for showing these maps, Chris.
    It's odd, knowing that my Grandfather (b.1870) drove his engines over these very tracks for many years.

    He was a road engineer for the MOP from the late 1890s until his retirement in the mid-'30s.
    He was recalled for the War, but mightily chafed as a "stinky diesel" switcher driver; he was not permitted on the road because of his age - then over 70.
    Heck, he probably drove his switcher over these tracks as well!

    Gpaw John was a large man with an immense walrus mustache and always wore a vest with a heavy chain and watch that seemingly weighed 5 pounds.


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