Photos VA Chapel and Weston, MO house courtesy of Jeanne


Possumly Jesse James, or a Younger or Dalton or someone else lived here, or visited here, or rode a horse by the place and gazed at it as he/she went by.


!895 Chapel for VA Center at Fort Leavenworth in seriously bad repair. Protestant downstairs, Catholic further downstairs though the signs are somewhat misleading. No harm in a protestant attending Mass or a Catholic racking up some fire and brimstone occasionally, I reckons.


Interesting stained glass work. Dunno whether it’s Catholic or the other one.


Gargoyles are shared equally by Catholics and Protestants.


The VA hospital environment surrounding this seems obliquely appropriate.


The metalwork on those doors is probably symbolic of something, but everyone who once knew what it was is dead.


This end of the building is in bad repair threatening collapse in places, but ain’t likely to get any better.


Directly across the street from the chapel. It’s been through a long series of declines and repairs but we need another World War of considerable duration to bring it back to full bloom. Need to conscript all these young houdilums and get them on track to need a place such as this.


The sign above the door reads, THE DUGOUT and can still be made out with a bit of squinting. I’m thinking it was a club for the people going through treatment, might have been used as recently as the Vietnam War.


The Dugout

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22 responses to “Photos VA Chapel and Weston, MO house courtesy of Jeanne

  1. I was going through a few photo albums this morning looking for a photo I’d taken of an old abandoned house similar to the one Jeanne took (that is a great photo!) and came across photos of gargoyles on an old house in Atchison, KS I’d taken many years ago. I hadn’t looked at them in years … then came over here to your post … love the “coincidences.”

    So glad you both have such fine companionship. Old friends are the best friends.

  2. Great photo journalism, can’t wait for the next assignment. Read Teresa’s note on coincidences and companionship and felt happy reading her observations.

  3. Historic architecture is a monument to what we once were capable of. Where are the craftsmen now? Jobs, jobs, jobs the populace moans and meanwhile our greatest structures deteriorate and are demolished. Thanks for the wonderful photos.

  4. Sad to be considered no long useful or worthy of upkeep. Of course you wonder where the dollars will come from. I appreciate the pictures though. Thank you for sharing.

  5. reminded me of Secondhand Lions

  6. Interesting styles of architecture, somewhat deviant and peculiar. All would make great backdrops for suspense movies.

  7. Jules, Thanks for the photos. Superb photography. @ Let’s CUT the Crap!, the money spent on solar and wind power start ups would have gone a long way toward restoring many old structures like these to their previous glory and useable again. It would have been much better spent than it was by BO giving it to his buddies to line their pockets with.

    • Hi Mary. Bush, too. Those wind energy dollars all cranked up when Monseur Bush was in office, along with the various bailouts. This guy just continued the tradition begun by chief executives of both parties throughout our lives. J

  8. I can’t help it, but I feel so angry when I see this country’s older buildings (like the ones in your post) falling in disrepair. I wish we could save everyone of them!

    • bwatson: Probably it’s progressed too far for a lot of them. But maybe a use could be found for them if someone actually had an interest in finding one. Thanks, J

  9. Enjoyed viewing these pictures and reading your commentary.

  10. Barb Triplett-Brown

    I too have taken a photo…or many photos….of the house by Jeanne. My ancestry was up the road in Tracy, Mo. My great great Uncle’s home was there. His son was home on furlough and murdered at the Battle of Bee Creek. He is buried on property in Tracy in what is known as Triplett Field. His friend was murdered as well and is buried beside him. The Battle of Bee Creek can be googled. There has been one reenactment several yrs. ago. I have a letter from 1852 written by the wife and mother and she mentions most of the people in the area. So, I was trying to find who may have owned that home. I visited a historian in Weston last week but he doesn’t know either. Barb Triplett-Brown, Kansas City, Mo.

  11. Re: the house by Jeanne. I too am interested in that home. I’ve been searching for who lived there. Even went so far as to visit a historian in Platte City. My gr gr Uncle lived up the road with his family in the 1800s. His son was home on furlough with a friend and they were both murdered at Bee Creek. They are buried on the old home property now gated. There was a reenactment several years ago. The Battle of Bee Creek can be googled. I have a letter written by the wife/mother in 1852 which mentions many of the folks in the area. Would appreciate it if anyone knows anything about it.

  12. Here is the history of the house in the photo: The land was homesteaded by William J. Norris in May 1843. The next record showed the house existing in 1877 and the land owned by Mollie Pence, who may have been some relative of Lewis Pence, who at the time, lived in the large two story brick how down the hill towards Weston in the same year (1877). The L. C. Stabler estate owned the land in 1907. In 1930 the property was in the name of J. Bosch and stayed in the Bosch family until the late 1980s or early 1990s. I remember in the 1980s they used to store hay for cattle in the house. You would see it through the windows before they were covered up. I have heard there was and could still be a nice walnut stair case in the house.

    Also have read about Black Triplett and Gabriel Close that Barb mentions and know of the property they are buried on.

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