Old Castlewood is one of those enchanted places that exists now mostly in the memories of Baby Boomers. Every weekend we watched our hard-working parents kick back for beer and barbecue, while we kids got to roam unsupervised through oak-tree woods and along the cliffs overlooking the Meramec River. The video below was captured from old 8mm film and shows my family at our clubhouse on East Hill Drive, about 1947.
It started out as a Meramec River resort community back in the early 20th century, an antidote to St. Louis summer heat. Its geology is unusual -- the river and train tracks were separated from the clubhouses [summer cottages] by towering cliffs. This kept the clubs safe from Meramec flooding and gave them a woodsy seclusion perfect for bootlegging and gambling.
Today neat cottages still line the old back roads and a state park preserves the cliff views and wild riverside. But the old landmarks are gone — the icy sulphur springs swimming pool, Lincoln Lodge, the Lone Wolf Club, Nig's, Dickinsons, St. Elizabeth Church, Breit's.
Not much official history exists on Castlewood. But, as I've written about it here, many people have come forward with their own memories. I'm trying to assemble them all here, putting together history as I go.
General memories received from emails
Google map below:
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