I Bless the Rains over in Illinois! – Clinton County Courthouse #115

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Cake #115 at the Clinton County Courthouse

It was always something with Illinois, I swear. 🙂 First, I was visually assaulted with mannequin after mannequin after mannequin on my first trip across the border with Mama Monster, and then on this trip, it stormed so often that I eventually just realized that if you love something as much as I love cake hunting, you’re willing to go for it even at the risk of frizzy hairs and a wet puppy smell that lingers in your car for weeks.

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Cake #115 at the Clinton County Courthouse

The first cake of the day was at the Clinton County Courthouse in Carlyle, IL. And thankfully at this point in the hunt, the sky was still only rumbling and had not yet burst open, so we were able to enjoy the cake in a general state of dryness – although Miles James did make a silly pug face at having to be woken up from his car nap for a courthouse cake with sailboats on it, which, if you think about it, might have been a pretty obvious suggestion for the type of vehicle we should have been traveling in the rest of the day!

From what I can gather, what makes the Clinton County Courthouse worthy of a cake is the fact that it is the county seat of Carlyle, IL.

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Cake #115 at the Clinton County Courthouse

I did discover that Carlyle is home to Illinois’ largest man-made lake and that Clinton County is named for DeWitt Clinton, a former governor of New York, who helped build the Erie Canal. Overall not too shabby, I suppose.

As usual, Miles James was a crowd favorite and was given quite a few head scratches and compliments on our short trip from the cake to the car, and the cake itself was very well done, but even this warm reception back into Illinois was not enough to prepare us for the eventual torrents of water that were to plague the majority of our day – is it obvious that I’m still bitter? 🙂 🙂

 

And Next We Go to Court, Of Course – St. Charles Old County Courthouse #60

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Cake #60 at the St. Charles Old County Courthouse

Cake #60 at the St. Charles Old County Courthouse

It was only fitting that, after perhaps being a little too liberal with the area that I decided to call a parking spot when seeing the cake at the Shrine of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, the next cake stop on our historical journey was at the St. Charles Old County Courthouse.

And of course, as this was an excursion for Miles James and I of the most exciting kind, we pulled up to the building of the courthouse only to find that the cake was no where in sight. So-after finding a more proper parking spot- we found ourselves at the bottom of a series of momentous steps that we could only hope would lead us to the cake.

As we conquered each step, I started to realize that since most of the courthouse is still composed of the very same pieces it was built with, Miles and I really were walking through a piece of history on the very same steps that the individuals who created the courthouse took themselves.

Cake #60 at the St. Charles Old County Courthouse

Cake #60 at the St. Charles Old County Courthouse

Finally after making it to the top of the steps and walking out onto a small plateau, we could not only see the cake, but we had a pretty majestic view of the rest of St. Charles including the other locations we had only recently made a part of our cake hunting history.

Although we had already had a long, historical day, Miles and I only paused for a moment to take in the view and soak up all the history we could before turning back down the same steps we had just climbed to head toward the last cake on our historical adventure through St. Charles.

Cake Monster Goes to Court – St. Louis County Courthouse #48

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Cake #48 at the St. Louis County Courthouse

Cake #48 at the St. Louis County Courthouse

The next stop on our cake hunting list for the day was at the St. Louis County Courthouse and what a beast that cake was to find!

Unfortunately at the time of our cake hunt, there was some intense construction going on in Clayton specifically in front of the Courthouse.

So Miles and I walked back and forth, back and forth trying to find the cake. This part of the adventure was made even more sketchy by the fact that at one point, I was using the GPS on my phone to find the cake, and it kept yelling, “You have reached your destination!” when clearly we hadn’t because we were in the middle of a parking lot and everyone around us who heard that must have thought we were on a really lame parking lot adventure.

After what felt like forever though, I finally saw a small opening in the construction equipment and thought to myself, “Why not?” Miles was less than sure about the decision to scurry past the Do Not Enter signs, but once I pulled him through, the construction gave way to the back of the courthouse and the cake!

Cake #48 at the St. Louis County Courthouse

Cake #48 at the St. Louis County Courthouse

While the layout of the back of the courthouse was itself pretty interesting – yes, there were mannequins, no I did not get close enough to take pictures of them – the history of the county was definitely worth looking into as well.

Apparently St. Louis County is the largest county in Missouri – pretty sweet! I also learned that one of the first governing bodies of St. Louis County included Charles Gratiot, Auguste Chouteau, Jacques Clamorgan, and David Delauney – some pretty big names in St. Louis history.

So after Miles and I had a short rest on the back steps of the courthouse, we made our way to the last cake of the day, but not before stopping to take a picture of a sweet man on a horse statue we saw on the way back to the car.

So majestic!

So majestic!