New Story: Springfield’s Klutho Apartments

One of the most wonderfully eccentric buildings in Jacksonville. Mayors who campaigned for prostitution or were accused of burning down the town. Film


studios gone bankrupt. A masterful artist whose city turned its back on him. Gold leaf in the windows.

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New Story: Arctic Discoverer & Shipwreck Explorer

Roaming across, up, and down into the Arctic Discoverer, the ship the fugitive Tommy Thompson used to bring three tons of gold from the bottom of the ocean.

New Story: Baptist Pastor Murdered, Architecture Soars

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The murder of a pastor. “Housewife” “schizophrenia.” Flying saucer architecture. Southern Baptist Polygamy. Threats of bombs.


New Story: Andy Ward King’s Garden of Colors

The Moon Hammock. The No Holes Golf Course. The Top Secret Test Door No Photos. The Touchstone. BoTai Panda. Cocoa’s Grave. The Wise Ol’ Tree. The AndiVERSE and Gr00vyLånd.


New Story: The Indian Ghost Town That Never Was

A grand Indian metropolis that throve for 700 years where downtown Jacksonville stands today? Maybe not.

Courtesy Jacksonville Historical Society

Courtesy Jacksonville Historical Society

New Story: Muslim Burials and Evergreen Cemetery


The grave of Isaiah Hart, founder of the city. A man who died in the year 5710. The graves of Confederate soldiers and the graves of former slaves whose children chiseled their epitaphs by hand. The man in the suit who disappeared into the tree. The only Jacksonville cemetery where Ali could be buried facing Mecca, wrapped in linen, without a casket.


New Story: MetaCusp—The Three-Legged Fox and Life “Between Deaths”

On the second floor of a 1941 warehouse by the railroad tracks in North Riverside, a series of three-legged foxes makes its way around an enormous steel


trap, while nearby three black dogs simultaneously leap in a circle beside a potted plant, a woman lying on the floor with her arms wrapped around herself, and a man with his shirt pulled over his face, head bowed, arms dangling before him.


This is MetaCusp, the art studios of Liz Gibson and Jeff Whipple.


New Story: Childhood Runaway Rules and the Expressway Mall

Mary Dumbleton was 10 years old when she “ran away” to the Expressway Mall on the Arlington Expressway Service Road.


“This station wagon full of my family just followed me through the parking lot, in slow motion, following me on my bike, and I was so mad.”

New Story: Dinsmore Dairy

Dinsmore Dairy went head-to-head against the Ku Klux Klan and White Citizens’ Councils in the late 1950s. The Klan burnt a cross on Dinsmore’s pasture. Earl infiltrated the Klan.

Photograph by Wanda Glennon Canaday

Photograph by Wanda Glennon Canaday

New Story: Riverside–the 56 Books of Frank Slaughter; Also, the Inn Where My Infant Daughter Fell out of Bed

The best-selling novelist of medical thrillers, Frank Slaughter, was a physician at Riverside Hospital, where my mother’s mother died. In the bed-and-breakfast beside his home, my infant daughter fell out of bed, unharmed, in the middle of the night.