July 19, 2017
South Side District
DEFINITION: A burning determination that cannot be stopped or hindered by anything; Extremely resilient.
The Southside Fall Festival, the best steaks in town, and of course, the best fried chicken you’ve ever had. There’s a lot to love about St. Joseph’s Southside! This tight-knit community is on pace for a major comeback.
“I think people can taste the difference.”
Cast iron has earned a reputation in the culinary realm of being one of the most resilient materials in the world. Grace says the cookware at Galvin’s has certainly proven that to be true.
“I’ve been here myself 45 years…and many of those cast iron skillets were here before I came. All of them survived the fire we had in 2010…the kitchen was destroyed but the skillets survived. We pulled them out of the ashes, cleaned them up, and they’re still going.”
Resilient, seasoned, tried by fire – you can’t help but draw the comparison between Galvin’s cast iron skillets and the South Side. It’s a tight-knit community with a gritty fortitude, an uncanny ability to bounce back, and an unmistakable pride in who they are and where they come from.
The South Side has long contributed to the city’s economic growth. Some of its more mature residents reminisce about the glory days when the district was THE hot spot in St. Joseph, boasting rodeos, fine dining at one of the Midwest’s earliest resorts, and a popular amusement park at Lake Contrary with elephants, bathing beauties, and roller coasters.
As flood waters and fires plagued some parts of the district over the years, the development of the city moved east and north while the South Side began to fade from the spotlight. South Side Rotary Club President Martial Thevenot says, when his business, Perka Buildings, first moved to the district, he was warned about the area’s unfortunate aura. What he found, however, was the polar opposite of negativity.
“The people are very down to earth in this part of town. They’re very neighborly.”
Thevenot also compliments the businesses and organizations working to fix up aging properties.
Wanna sink your teeth into a juicy, hand cut, wood fire grilled steak? Hoof and Horn Steak House is ready to take your order! This century old staple in St. Joseph’s landscape was recently reopened by new owners who received help from Missouri Western’s Craig School of Business Center for Entrepreneurship. Got a hankerin’ for some garden fresh fruits and veggies? Check out the South Side Farmer’s Market at The Junction! In addition to being a delicious source of local produce, this revitalization project is working to develop an arts and entertainment destination.
And there’s no better place to work off some of those added calories than the 2,300-acre Bluff Woods Conservation Area. Just a few minutes from the South Side, this 2,300 acre hiker’s paradise features rugged trails, accessible Missouri River scenic overlook trails, and bird watching opportunities.
And lest we forget, it’s not officially autumn until you’ve been to the South Side Fall Festival.
As new business matriculates toward the area, Grace has a simple message for South Side residents referencing the district’s 238 area code, “Hold your head high, look forward to a bright future, and keep wearing the term “238er” like a badge of honor!”
“South Side folks are tough as nails and they’re gonna survive. I see revival!”
Georgetown History and Present Day Economic Development
Following formal distribution of the locally-filmed movie “Christmas at the Chateau” in 2019, it’s likely that many watching from home will say “Where did they film this? This place is amazing.”
From the wrought iron balcony of the 1859 Isaac Miller House, hundreds of stories have unfolded – and they continue to emerge, highlighting unique Southern family legacy and innovative founders’ history.
More than a decade of service later, the program continues to grow. Most of the kids who live in this St. Joseph neighborhood receive free or reduced priced breakfast and lunch during the school year, but have limited food resources in the summer.
The New Generation singers, known as New G, are a highly-energetic and original voice for St. Joseph. And they’re hard to define, in all the best of ways.
Built in 1873, the Buchanan County Courthouse, with its majestic white pointed dome, stands as an architectural icon during the day and casts a warm stately glow over downtown St. Joseph in the evening light.