A Powerful End to a Record-Setting Cake Hunt – Ashley Street Power House / Riverfront Trail #80

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Cake #80 at the Ashley Street Power House

Cake #80 at the Ashley Street Power House

After our unexpected discovery of the cake at the Eads Bridge, Mercutio Krispytreats and I were headed home for real this time until…a second glorious cake poked its candle out from the surrounding area and this Cake Monster just couldn’t resist pulling over the car (gracefully, of course) and checking it out.

Seeing this cake was a double whammy because 1) it was definitely not on my list of cakes to see that day 2) when I spied it with my cake-trained eagle eyes, I had literally no idea which cake location this might be because the cake was essentially in a little patch of dirt by the side of the road. However as I frantically looked over the official list of all the cakes that had been put out at that time, Mercutio pointed to a nearby street sign and the mystery was solved.

The Ashley Street Power House

The Ashley Street Power House

The Ashley Street Power House (named for the street it lives on) was built in 1902 by Charles Ledlic and was the first electric power plant that Union Electric constructed. Once this Power House was created, the electric power generated by it was enough for the entire city of St. Louis. Because it is located so close to the Mississippi River, it was specially designed to allow for water intake which also makes it unique.  And in 1971 the Ashley Street Power House was designated a City Landmark.

IMG_2367In addition to marking the location of the Ashley Street Power House, the cake was also marking a point along the Riverfront Trail which runs the length of the Mississippi River on the Missouri side and was created to encourage St. Louisans and their friends to explore the city by enticing them with its numerous trails and excellent views.

Cake #80 at the Ashley Street Power House

Cake #80 at the Ashley Street Power House

So after Mercutio and I took our very last picture of the day together with the cake, we both vowed that no matter what we saw on the road back home we were not stopping the car – a first for this Cake Monster. But even through the rest of this Cake Monster’s cake-ventures, this trip still sets the record for the most cakes seen in one day – 17 cakes total – dang, we are good! 🙂

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