Monday, July 7, 2014

July 4 Cakewalk

Our obsessive-compulsive hunt for all birthday cakes placed around metro St. Louis in honor of our city's 250th anniversary continues ...

 201. Crown Candy Kitchen

202. Grand Ave. water tower.  Built in 1871 as a free-standing Corinthian column.  The cake is barely visible at the base of the tower.  It's light blue.

203. Cahokia Mounds

Cahokia Mounds Cake Detail.  Cahokia Mounds in the largest earthen mound in North or South America.
My son Colin ascending the main structure, Monk's Mound.

At the top of Monk's Mound.

View of downtown St. Louis from the top of Monk's Mound.

The Mississippians lived here from about 700 to 1400 AD.  It was the largest city in North America at the time.  This is what Monk's Mound and the complex looked like around the year 1200.

Colin and Kerry at the Cahokia Mounds Museum.
 204. The World's Largest Ketchup Bottle, Collinsville, IL

The cake is underneath the bottle by the main black support pole.

205. Scott Air Force Base, Shiloh, IL

206. Emmis Communications, across from Union Station.  It makes me mad that a number of cakes have gone to corporate sponsors for this project.

 207. Le Grange de Terre (Big Mound) Memorial, north of downtown.  Here's another Indian Mound, the largest in St. Louis, which was torn down in 1869.  St. Louis had hundreds of mounds, all but one of which have been demolished within the city limits.  Cahokia Mounds, across the river in Illinois, still has nearly 100 mounds standing.

The cake where Le Grange de Terre stood.
 208. Old North St. Louis.  Note the Gateway Arch in the background.

209. Cake at the Spot on the River where You're Most Likely to Get Killed.  The cake is toward the right, yellow and reddish.  I didn't want to get any closer.

But I did get a shot of a paddle wheeler passing by on the mighty Mississippi.

210. Bellefontaine Cemetery

211. Boys and Girl's Club

212. A Renegade Cake - not an Official One.  Carved from a tree, this cake sits at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in St. Ann, MO near the airport (note the airplane carved into the cake's side).

The eagle and flag to the right are also carved out of wood - out of the very tree the eagle sits on.  The Renegade Cake is to the left.

213. Woods Fort, Troy, MO - site of a fort built during the War of 1812.

214. Babler Park.

215. Rockwoods Reservation.

216.  Another Renegade Cake - this one made of paper and designed by student volunteers.  It sits in the Sunset Hills Community Center - and it's better than many of the Official Cakes!

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