There is so much history in this building and so very little has been preserved. It's a look inside the sad abandoned St. Louis mansion of Mark Twain's Uncle James Clemens.

I've done my own research that I'll include, but the guy narrating the video tour of what used to be the home of Mark Twain's uncle states the home was built between 1859 and 1860. James Clemens had a big family which is why you see such a large estate that also includes a second building that's a chapel.

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He also notes that there was a large amount of cast iron built into this home. So much so in fact that it was a rather well-known home across the country because of that prominent cast iron.

I'm glad he provided close up video of the Greco-Roman style that featured the cast iron build.

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Unfortunately, the inside of the mansion is just devastation. It looks like a bomb hit it.

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The building adjacent to James Clemens mansion used to be a nice chapel.

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According to what I found on Wikipedia, James Clemens Jr. was born in 1791 in Kentucky. He moved to Missouri in 1816 and did a lot to help Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain). He was a successful storekeeper in Missouri and eventually got into banking. He died in St. Louis on January 12, 1878.

The Associated Press reported that this home owned by James Clemens Jr. was destroyed by fire in 1917. Built St. Louis now lists this home as a "crumbling landmark". So sad to see this much history completely go to waste especially when there are so many family connections to the Mark Twain heritage that made Missouri internationally famous.

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