Cake 177—East St. Louis Municipal Building (73 cakes left)

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Continuing the run of East St. Louis cakes, today’s cake is located at the East St. Louis Municipal Building. When I was younger I thought East St. Louis was in Missouri, but I eventually grasped that it’s located east of St. Louis in Illinois. At the Municipal Building, people conduct their city hall business. The Municipal Building is close to the river, and its address at River Park Drive alludes to this.

Katherine Nelson painted the cake at the Municipal Building. It features a ladybug theme. The ladybug walking across the main tier of the cake is wearing a huge smile on its face, and the base of the cake features daisy-esque flowers. The candle is spotted like the lady bug’s wings on the top of the cake.

For information about the city of East St. Louis:
http://www.cesl.us/

Cake 176—Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park (74 cakes left)

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Today’s cake is located at a park that I cannot believe I didn’t know about. Located in East St. Louis, Illinois, the Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park offers amazing views of the Arch. The Metro East Park and Recreation District’s website is chock full of information about the park, so in the interest of brevity I’ll just hit the highlights. The Gateway Geyser is the park’s main claim to fame. It began operating in 1995 after a $4 million fundraising effort by the Gateway Center of Metropolitan St. Louis, a non-profit group that was founded by the park’s namesake. The Geyser is the world’s second tallest fountain, and it can reach a maximum height of 600 feet, which is identical to the Arch’s height. In 2005, the non-profit gave the title to the Geyser and 34.1 acre park to the Metro East Park and Recreation District. On June 18, 2005, the park was dedicated as the Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park. In addition to the Geyser, the park offers a scenic overlook of the Mississippi River. It’s one of the best views of the Arch that I’ve seen, and it’s primarily the result of Malcolm W. Martin’s work. Martin was born in St. Louis, and served in World War II. He became a civil rights activist, and a great community force. He believed in the park, and he wanted to connect the Arch’s construction with a park for the community. As previously mentioned, he founded a non-profit that he left a posthumous gift of $5 million to.

Theresa Hopkins painted the cake at the park. It features a monochrome camera theme, and the base of the cake conveys a birthday wish. The rainbow candle is very eye-catching, and it even matches my outfit! Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park is definitely worth a visit, but if you can’t visit it soon you can check out live footage from the overlook on the website.

http://www.meprd.org/mmmp.html

Cake 175—Lincoln Park (75 cakes left)

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Wow, it’s been a few days since the last cake! I promise I’ll get back on track, starting with today’s cake at Lincoln Park in East St. Louis, Illinois. I couldn’t find much information readily available online about the park. However, in August it was announced that the East St. Louis Park District received a $2.5 million state grant to build a new public pool at the park. However, the project is estimated to cost $3.5 million, so the city needs to come up with another million dollars if the pool is actually to be built. The cake at the park is located in front of an interesting circular building in the park.

Erik Thompson painted the cake at the park. It features a space theme, which is appropriate because the building resembles an extraterrestrial object. Aliens and spaceships abound on the cake, and under the 250 it says “A Space Oddity.” The green of the icing is also very martian-esque.

For the article about the pool:
http://www.bnd.com/2014/08/22/3362953/new-pool-to-be-built-in-east-st.html

Cake 174—Old Cahokia Courthouse (76 cakes left)

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The Old Cahokia Courthouse has accumulated a wealth of history during its near 300 years of existence. According to the website for National Park Service, the Old Cahokia Courthouse was built around 1740 and was initially a house. In 1793, it became a courthouse, and it was the hub of political activity in the Old Northwest Territory. From December 1803 to the spring of the following year, it served as the headquarters of Lewis and Clark. The building has been dismantled and reassembled a couple times, but today it stands on its original location on its original foundation. It continues to exemplify French log construction, and is open for tours on specific days.

Justin Tolentino painted the cake at the Old Cahokia Courthouse. It design features an ancient scene painted in earth tones. On the top tier of the cake, an elephant type animal is leading some people, presumably explorers. The base and main tier of the cake feature river scenes, which is fitting because rivers are important in the courthouse’s history. This building is definitely worth a visit; it’s in remarkable condition for its age.

For more information about the Old Cahokia Courthouse:
http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/lewisandclark/old.htm

Cake 173—Church of the Holy Family (77 cakes left)

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The day has arrived when we begin focusing on Illinois cakes! Today’s cake is located in Cahokia at the Church of the Holy Family. According to the church’s website, Holy Family Catholic Church is the oldest continuously operating Catholic parish in the United States. Canadian missionaries founded the church in 1699, and the log church was built a century later. Today it is designated as a National Historic Landmark. Masses are held in a newer church building next to the log church, but the log church can be toured.

Screwed Arts Collective painted the cake at the church. Its yellow and blue design contrasts the dark wood of the church, but its paint strokes are comparable to the church’s wood. The cake’s brightness helps draw attention to the unassuming church building, and it’s a peaceful spot to visit!

For more information about the church:
http://www.holyfamily1699.org/

Cake 172—Grant’s Farm (78 cakes left)

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First I’ll just go ahead and admit that the goats are my favorite part of Grant’s Farm. Who doesn’t like being jumped on by goats while they try to eat your clothing? Anyway, Grant’s Farm is located in south St. Louis County, and it offers tram rides and other attractions. The best part is that visiting Grant’s Farm is free if you’re willing to walk a short distance to avoid paying a parking fee. According to Grant’s Farm website, it opened to the public in 1954. Prior to that, it was the family home of the Busch family. It draws its name from Ulysses S. Grant because he founded and farmed part of the 281 acres in the 1850s. Approximately 900 animals call Grant’s Farm home (including all those goats!), and over 24 million people have visited Grant’s Farm since its opening.

Julie Krovicka and Ian Greenlee painted the cake at Grant’s Farm. It features important aspects of Grant’s Farm. For example, the top tier of the cake depicts magnificent architecture. Animals make cameos on the main tier of the cake, including fish and a buffalo. It’s a beautiful cake; my only minor criticism is that there are no goats on it. Grant’s Farm is a fun place to visit, and it’s even more fun when you visit it with your cousin! :)

For more info about Grant’s Farm:
http://anheuser-busch.com/index.php/our-heritage/grants-farm/

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Cake 171—Ameren (79 cakes left)

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Ameren is the primary energy provider for St. Louis. According to its website, its history begins in 1902 with the formation of Union Company. Union Company was the electric provider for the World’s Fair, and it later became known as Union Electric. In 1997, Union Electric merged with Central Illinois Public Service Company, Inc. to create Ameren Corporation. Today, Ameren Corporation is a Fortune 500 company, and its St. Louis headquarters are located fairly near downtown.

Rudy Zapf painted the cake at Ameren. It features an energy theme. For example, solar panels are painted on the base of the cake, and the lightning painted on the top of the cake emphasizes the power of nature. This theme continues on the main tier of the cake which features wind and wind turbines. Grass and the Earth are painted on the top tier of the cake, which indicates the commitment to the environment that Ameren professes. Ameren’s logo is also painted on the back of the cake.

For more information about Ameren:
https://www.ameren.com/about/history