Sunday, March 20, 2005

Secret Corrals

In this auto-driven city, horses are an anachronism. So an equesterian sighting can make the mind down shift momentarily and harken back to a time when life moved slower, and, less romantically perhaps, road apples filled city streets.

Most people know about the St. Louis Police Department's horse barn in Forest Park. Less known is the corral near the Hampton Avenue entrance to the park. It's easy to pass it by and not notice it even on a bicycle.

Another horse corral, located in the railyard across from the Amtrak Station, can be seen from the 14th Street viaduct. An unreliable source informs me that these horses are used for carriage rides in Laclede's Landing.