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Plagued with a dust problem in the early 1970s due to its 23 miles (37 km) of dirt roads and lack of pavement funds, the city of Times Beach hired waste hauler Russell Bliss to oil the roads in the town in 1971. From 1972 to 1976, Bliss sprayed waste oil on the roads. The roads were later paved.
Bliss had first used the technique of spraying waste oil to control dust in horse stables. When a March 1971 spraying resulted in the death of 62 horses, the owners of the stable suspected Bliss, who assured them it was just used engine oil. But Bliss had mixed the NEPACCO waste with waste oil. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began investigating.
The EPA visited Times Beach in mid-1982, and in November 1982, test results showed dioxin levels some 300 times higher than the one part per billion generally considered to be safe.
On December 23, 1982, the EPA announced it had identified dangerous levels of dioxin in Times Beach's soil. Panic spread through the town, with many illnesses, miscarriages, and animal deaths attributed, rightly or wrongly, to the dioxin.
On February 23, 1983, the EPA announced the town's buyout for $32 million. By 1985, the town was evacuated except for one elderly couple who refused to leave, and the site was quarantined. Many of the town's citizens sued Bliss, NEPACCO, and its various subcontractors. Although the ethics and legality of Bliss' practices has been questioned, Bliss was never implicated or convicted of any crime.
About 265,000 tons of contaminated soil and debris from Times Beach was incinerated from March 1996 to June 1997 in an incinerator built and operated on the site by Syntex, the parent company of NEPACCO. The cleanup cost the government a total of $110 million, $10 million of which was reimbursed by Syntex.
Today, the land that was once Times Beach is now Route 66 State Park. One building from the town still exists: the park's visitor center was once a roadhouse from Times Beach's glory days, and was the EPA's headquarters for the area
When we were in St Louis we went to see the Scott Joplin House. We came upon these Sea Serpent fences surrounding parking lots.
We figured they were a part of St Louis' revitilization project, possibly by the same develoment assoication that saved the Scott Joplin house.
Anyway they are really cool looking and worth a look-see. Come to find out the area they surround is the City Museum.
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On the campus of this magnificent university is the Graham Chapel, named for Benjamin Brown Graham.
The Chapel was given to the University by his widow, Christine Blair Graham, as a memorial to him. Dedicated in 1909, Graham Chapel is used for concerts, plays, and the University's weekly lecture program, the Assembly Series.
The Assembly Series has brought more than 800 prominent figures in politics, academia, religion, the arts, and the sciences to Washington University since 1949. 15 years after his birth in December of 1840 in Ohio, Benjamin Graham moved to St. Louis and began his first job. After years of hard work and corporate advancement, he became president of Graham Paper Company. During his years as president, his company became the chief paper distributor for American, Canadian, Mexican, South American, and Australian paper product factories. He was a Director of Merchant's National Bank and St. Louis Union Trust Company, the President of St. Louis Mercantile Library, active in the work of Christ Church Cathedral, and a charter member of the University Club, the oldest club of its kind in America.
An especially beautiful feature of the Chapel is its stained glass window, which depicts the dedication of King Solomon's temple. The window was designed by the firm of Clayton and Bell, London, England.
The inscription at the base of the stained glass window comes from 1 Kings, Chapter 8, verse 58 and reads: The Lord God be with us, as He was with our fathers, that He may incline our hearts into him, to walk in all his ways and to keep His commandments.
The inscription in the wood paneling beneath the stained glass window reads:
To make undying music in the world
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