Thursday, August 28, 2014

#233: Lone Elk Park

Along my journeys into the outer parts of St. Louis County lies this park. Not just a park - Lone Elk Park! This one involved a lot of driving...but it was well worth it though! Especially if this is all stuff that I don't see everyday. I did see some animals, which I believed were bison or buffalos of some sort.

  • According to its Facebook page, it is a wildlife management area, which consists of deer, bison, turkeys, waterfowls and of course, elk.
  • Lone Elk Park is 546 acres.
  • During WWII, the land belonged to the Tyson Valley Powder Plant. After the war, it became a county park and herds of bison and elk were established here. However, years later in 1958, the herds were destroyed.
  • One lone elk survived, hence its present name
  • The park was named Lone Elk Park in 1966 and was opened to the public in 1971
  • Even though this is an animal-friendly place, no other animals (like personal pets) are allowed, even inside vehicles.

Visitor's center at Lone Elk Park

Deer display inside the Visitor Center

Lone Elk Park entrance
In order to get the cake, you must do a bit of driving on the one-lane road. Be cautious, of course, for the wildlife that roam. You will see a lake and then a visitor's center. The cake is directly behind it. The cake, which like some of these cakes in parks, celebrates an outdoorsy theme:
Left side of the cake

Back side of the cake

Right side of the cake

Top of the cake

Lone Elk Park on FB
Wikipedia link

2 South 4th Street, ST. LOUIS, MO, 63102  (it is actually located near or in Valley Park but the address is St. Louis)
Cake artist: Alissa Shoultz

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