Friday, August 29, 2014

#237: Babler State Park

I remember visiting and camping at this place over two decades ago with my church youth group. It was one of the coldest times I ever camped out, but it was alright. After all, it was in October! But its cool to revisit for ol times sake! Here are some factoids about the beautiful park, which happily advertises 'you can have it both ways: camp all night under the stars, and still be miles from downtown St. Louis':
  • Edmund Babler was a St. Louis surgeon who was known to care for the needy. His brother and sister-in-law named the land and park after him after he died in the late 30s.
  • The buildings and bridges around the park were quarried from the area.
  • Consists of 3 large picnic shelters along with 200 picnicking areas
  • Also consists of 73 campsites, with 43 of them with electricity
  • The park is also notable for its 13 miles of walking trails, its fascinating view of nature, and other activities that are taken part such as horseback riding
The entrance sign to Babler. I apologize as the sun was very bright that day!

Edmund Babler statue

Visitors center, I believe. That's where the cake is.

The cake, as decorated by Kelly Harmon:
Left side of the cake

Back side of the cake

Front and right side of the cake

NOW: The cake was removed in early 2015. Its whereabouts are unknown.

Wikipedia link
Official website

800 Guy Park Drive, CHESTERFIELD, MO, 63005
Cake artist: Kelly Harmon

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