Historic 18th & Vine
Rather exploring more of St. Louis I decided to get the fam and head two hours away to Kansas City, Missouri for another castle exploration. Built in 1897 with the title of “workhouse castle,” constructed by the first prisoners who mined the limestone building blocks right out of the ground. what you think may have been for royalty living it actually held mostly petty offenders, vagrants and people who owed some sort of debt. As a part of their sentence these inmates were required to work when Female prisoners sewed prison uniforms and men labored for the city’s Public Works Department.
After the jail closed in 1924 it was repurposed time after time over the past 100 years. Pretty much everything and anything including a city storage facility, a Marine training camp and a dog euthanization center according to Esther Honig. If you would like to check out the Ha Ha Tonka Castle I explored earlier this year then click on the photo below..
Sticks and Stones
The building was abandoned in 1972 and Today the castle is a shell of it’s former self. It once was a four story castle which all that remains is the outer shell, it's expected after 42 years the site sat vacant, collecting weeds and garbage and OCCASIONAL wonderers. An architectural engineer by trade, Edwards is just the guy for the job. I read an article dated 2014 Edwards has full permission to renovate the castle, he has plans to make it into a community space where he's mapped out designs for an event space, a stage for live performances and even an Internet café. This will be a great place for the COMMUNITY to collaborate on new projects like concerts, a graffiti exhibit as well as making it available for music video and film shoots.
Find the Yellow Brick Road
Instead of taking you around St. Louis we decided to trek two hours away! Hours of great conversations that were motivational and sometimes disturbing, only in a good way of course. I wont lie that there may have been a couple naps here and there, and 227 miles later we stop in Kansas City, Missouri where the city sits on the western edge, straddling the border with Kansas. It's known for its barbecue, jazz heritage and fountains, which we really didn't experience, however! In the parkour community it has some popular spots so we make sure to stop by and get some training in. With Kansas City having 170.016 more people we decided to change things up and visit another city. St. Louis is actually really small and we needed a time away from it so we hit the streets exploring all over the downtown area on foot and getting some training in where we could.
We stopped by a popular parkour spot called Case Park, this little park on the edge of the bluff overlooking the West Bottoms, the Broadway Bridge, the Downtown Airport, and the Confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers stands alone for me as my favorite park of all in the Midwest. George B. Case donated property for a park to the City on the condition that the park would be named Ermine Case, Jr. named after his father. So when looking for this place on maps be sure to look up Ermine Case and it'll pop it right up! This place is super fresh for parkour practitioners because it has some moderate drops with different levels of ledges. We didn't spend much time at any places because we were limited on time due to only being here for a few hours. So we more less got the shots and training we needed and moved on to different places in Downtown Kansas City. Downtown has plenty of spots to jump around so we parked the car in a garage and walked a few blocks around the garage hitting up this really green shrubbery which allowed for a great back drop for some photos! Rebecca makes a great personality to shoot so be sure to take a look at her feed next for some great content, and her smashing sense of style. We continued on exploring the streets of downtown finding some spots here and there while we walked and stopped for photos or some parkour training. If you would like to see how we ended our day at this old abandoned bridge that we checked out be sure to watch the Wandering Wednesday VLOG for more fun.
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Courthouse Castle and Kansas City Streets
Born on September 22nd, 1986 and raised in Sullivan, Missouri