St Louis History “The Social Evil Hospital ” Found Very Interesting

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September 26, 1872 – 142 years-ago today, the Social Evil Hospital opened in St Louis. Shortly after the Civil War, the StL Police Chief estimated that there were 5,000 prostitutes working in the city, & on July 10, 1871, the St Louis City Council passed the “Social Evil” ordinance, authorizing the Board of Health to license and regulate prostitutes. It
allowed prostitution, as long as the woman worked in an established house, & didn’t market her services on the street.
In addition, she had to have a weekly medical exam. The $6 monthly fee paid for this exam went to build what became known as the Social Evils Hospital. Originally designed to hold 30 patients, it would be enlarged to have a capacity of 300, many of whom suffered from venereal disease. When the ordinance was revoked in 1874, its name was changed
to “The Female Hospital”. In the roughly three-years the ordinance was in effect, 2,052 prostitutes had been registered. Within a few months of the ordinance’s passage, many women refused to register. Some claimed the fees were too high. Others objected on the grounds that they shouldn’t be required to register for something which was their right. Within a
year, the number of registered women dwindled by 50%. In 1873, 766 women registered, of which two-thirds claimed to have become prostitutes by choice, 18% were motivated by poverty, & the remainder claimed a variety of reasons; including “seduced”, “family trouble”, “abandoned by husband” & “bad company”. Of the registered prostitutes, 14% were
married.
The Female Hospital was torn down in 1914, & is now the site of Sublette Park, Arsenal & Sublette.
The Female Hospital was the birthplace of world-famous singer/dancer Josephine Baker.

Another Adventure to Pickle Springs Natural Spring

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Pickle Springs Natural Area is a deep, forested gorge consisting of geological formations and plants that are found in few other places. Visitors will find examples of a sandstone glade, talus, forest, savanna, as well as a number of rare species of plants and animals. The area is noted for its blooming wild azalea and wildflowers in the spring. Great after a beautiful snow fall as you see. According to local legend, the area is named after William Pickles, a settler from Illinois who owned the land until he was shot by a band of renegades during the Civil War. Pickle Springs and other area creeks flow into Pickle Creek, which in turn traverses into Hawn State Park.

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The trail at Pickle Springs Natural Area may be short, but it packs in a ton of scenic beauty.

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The 2 mile loop goes by sandstone canyons, glades, bluffs, waterfalls and wanders through a hoodoo complex.

Road Trip on Route 66 in Missouri

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On my 4th of July we took a road trip along Route 66 and it was fantastic! Here are some Memories of yesterday !So much good information on Times Beach, Coral Courts,Roadside Cafe, 66 Drive INN

Here is the History  on Times Beach It was a really big deal! Now it os a beautiful Park called Route 66 Park. Lots of Wildlife and Nature, hiking ,trails for horses etc…

Times Beach is a ghost town in St. Louis County, Missouri, Missouri, United States, located 17 miles (27 km) southwest of St. Louis and 2 mi (3 km) east of Eureka. Once home to more than two thousand people, the town was completely evacuated early in 1983 due to a dioxin scare that made national headlines. It was the largest civilian exposure to dioxin in the country’s history.

Today, the land that was once Times Beach is now Route 66 State Park. One building from the town still exists: the park’s visitor center was once a roadhouse from Times Beach’s glory days, and was the EPA’s headquarters for the area. There is a large grass mound beneath which is the debris of the demolished buildings of the former town.[2]

 

My Adventure in Pickle Springs Natural Area Rock Climbing Walking Trails and Natural Springs

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The adventure today was so incredible! Who new going out today hiking would take me through time. I laugh now because who knew that a 2 mile hike would feel like 10 miles because of the terrain. Boulders and rocks,cliffs and springs that were all over Crawling in and out , Through narrow rock walkways and cavelike walk ing paths with the coldest water dripping down. JUST BEAUTIFUL! YOU JUST NEVER KNEW WHAT WAS NEXT…

I will wake up tomorrow feeling my adventure lol… Here are some facts and some fun pictures of my hiking fun. 

This is a Natural  Spring  and ends up into this beautiful pond of crystal clear water.


 

 

                   

                                                             IF YOU LOOK CLOSE IT ALMOST LOOKS LIKE A TURTLE 

                                                                       

Almost forgot “Me” Crawling LOL:)    

THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAINS !! MADE IT! YEAH!

                                                                 

 

 

 

                                                                                    


Ok! I have to Brag!! I won 3rd Place in The Rural Missouri Magazine “Sandy Creek Cover Bridge” “Historical Missouri” The Best of Rural Missouri 2011

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http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201201/index.php?startid=18  HERE IS THE ONLINE MAGAZINE LINK

I woke up last Friday morning to find a package in the door. I open it up and the letter stated that I had won 3rd place . You could imagine what came next… Thats right a big scream YEAH!! It came with a very nice Certificate and DVD with the Preview to the magazine. I did win a gift card as well. I was just so happy:) Then they sent me a bunch of copies by UPS. That was a great day!!!