We overnighted at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park which is on the western edge of the St. Louis metroplex, above the Missouri River. A very nice and quiet campground on a ridge top in a mixed hardwood forest. All the sites have concrete pads. This site is non-electrical.
Here is a view along the drive just beyond our site.
We turned in to Fort Massac State Park, just before crossing the Ohio River into Paducah, KY. A nice little park with gravel sites, electric and water. The park is at the location of historic Fort Massac. The Ohio River is a fairly substantial body of water, with barge traffic.
The interstate bridge crossing the river has two large clear spans, this one is the larger of the two. Where would we be without bridges?
Carla and I rode sort of a dinghy bike trail along the river to get to this spot.
In the previous picture you can see the bridge deck overhanging the main girders. These bird nests lined the entire space between the girder and the deck above. I believe these are swallow nests, probably a barn swallow.
Carla and a wooden bridge.
A layout of the 1802 fort. There is a foundation from an earlier fort on the grounds as well. It seemed to be a popular place.
Officer’s quarters just left of center with infantry diehards far left and right. A dry moat surrounded the place.
Juxtaposition of the old frontier and new.
As mentioned, officer quarters with a comely maiden, just to tiddy up the place.
A corner building for fire suppression on an enemy. There is a slacker not doing his job at the top.
A view from the river side.
Another nice view of the Ohio and its twin clear span interstate bridge.