Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Q&a

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Q&a

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What has happened to Michelle Hofland, who was a reporter for Channel 5? She worked for a while after maternity leave, but I haven't seen her for about four months.

-- Helen Zarr, Staunton, Ill.

Michelle Hofland has relocated with her husband and children to Sacramento, Calif. She worked for KSDK-TV (Channel 5) for more than two years.

I recall an old boat/restaurant on St. Charles Rock Road that sat in a man-made cement lake. I believe it was called the Bayou Belle. Can you provide me with any history on this boat?

-- Ron Glazer, Creve Coeur

The Bayou Belle was formerly a towboat called the Jeanne Barrett. It was moved from the Missouri River in 1961 to a concrete pad on Old St. Charles Rock Road in Bridgeton.

The vessel began life as the steam towboat White Spot in 1915.

Could you please tell me about passenger service cars that ran in St. Louis back in the 1930s-1940s?

-- George J. Lennison, Arnold

Service cars were for hire but followed specific routes. The Consolidated Service Car Co. went out of business in December 1965. The company withdrew from its routes in exchange for $625,000 from Bi-State Transit Agency.

Commenting at the time, Bi-State said the service cars "with their selective areas of operation and hours of service are siphoning off the `cream of ridership potential' " from its bus system.

There was a very high metal tower up the hill from Creve Coeur Park that took people up on an elevator. One could see miles of the countryside. Also, a train with open seating ran on a track down to the lake. Can you tell me more about it?

-- E. Holmes, St. Louis

After the turn of the century, a streetcar company known as the Midland Line, which ran to Woodson Road, was amalgamated with other lines to form United Railways. Tracks were laid all the way to the lake. Promoters built an amusement park on the hill above the lake, and the Creve Coeur Lake area began to bloom. …

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