A Blog detailing the beauty of St. Louis architecture and the buildup of residue-or character-that accumulates over the course of time.
Looks like a nice little park. I've never been, which is surprising considering the amount of time I've spent in the neighborhood. I'll have to check it out.
I grew up across the street. It's a wonderful city park. Lots of memories playing in the pine trees up near that monument. Occasionally a car would get confused thinking it could drive through the park and end up in the big lake :) The caves under the park could cause quite a bit of trouble too, more than one morning we'd wake and the pond would be completely empty because part of the bottom would have collapsed and the water would have drained into the lake. Thanks for the pictures.
Ah yes, I've read about the accidental drainings; supposedly the park service sealed the bottom of the lake with a concrete basin. Did that solve the problem?
The obelisk is dedicated to Friedrich Hecker, an immigrant who fled Germany after the failure of the democratic movement - he was QUITE prominent in it, as well as later in our Civil War in some very notable battles. See http://www.thecivilwarmuse.com/index.php?page=hecker-monumentMore on the park and the monument: http://bentonpark.com/content/benton-park