Friday, June 27, 2014

#136: Le Grange de Terre (Big Mound) Memorial

What can I say here....another cake with a great view!
There's a part of me that thinks of this as a side advertisement for the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. But as we know, that wasn't the case. Le Grange de Terre, or Big Mound Memorial, just happened to be located right where the bridge and I-70 sits now. Luckily though, they moved it and it just looks great that way. But still...
  • Le Grange de Terre is French for 'Earth Barn'
  • It was also called 'Le Butte de Terre', or French for 'The Mound of Earth'
  • The mound was a popular historic site in old St. Louis until 1869, when it was completely cut down. 
  • The mound stood approx. 30 feet high, extended about 150 feet, and had extended to 13-15 feet wide.
  • The dirt and brick from the mound was used for paving the St. Louis city streets.
  • The only surviving mound in St. Louis is Sugarloaf Mound, which is located south of downtown.
Also, a bit of confusion exists as two different cakes have been placed here at different times. The first, which was the Ameristar cake was later moved to its proper location and it was replaced with a cake that was originally placed at the Audubon Center near West Alton. They had requested it to be moved, for various reasons. See the cake artist details below
Great view, eh?


Hey wait, what does it say on the rock?

"THIS BOULDER STANDS NEAR THE SITE OF THE GREAT INDIAN MOUND, LEVELED ABOUT 1870, WHICH GAVE THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS THE NAME "MOUND CITY"
-Placed by the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Missouri-1929"

1700 North Broadway, ST. LOUIS, MO, 63102
Cake artist: Erik Thompson

The cake was sold on 1/1/2015 for $505 in the biddingforgood auction.

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