St. Louis Information
In 1804, St. Louis became part of the U.S. and the capital of upper Louisiana. With its beginnings near Laclede’s landing, St. Louis was largely an Indian trading post and a home base for trappers. When Missouri became a state in 1821, St. Louis was its largest city. By the 1840’s the fur trade declined and settlers began coming west in increasing numbers.
There were two great avenues that opened the west. The Oregon Trail (over the Rockies) and the Santa Fe Trail (route to the southwest). Both started near to what is now Kansas City. But to get to the trails it was necessary to first come to St. Louis. Thus St. Louis became known as the “Gateway to the West,” and Eero Saarinen’s Arch on the riverfront celebrates this heritage.
Within the past twenty years there has been renewed interest in the city and the downtown area is generally considered one of the most impressive of the Midwest. Laclede’s Landing is now a fashionable social spot. Close to Saint Louis University School of Medicine (SLUSM) are the new versions of the historical Tiffany Neighborhood, Lafayette Square and Soulard. Surrounding suburbs offer access to SLUSM, via Hwy. 40 and 44, and affordable accommodations are available for those who persevere.
St. Louis features an abundance of pleasant diversions including: three professional sports teams, theaters, rock concerts, the Symphony, Forest Park with its zoo, planetarium, art museum, science center, and much more. Places you should not miss include the Riverfront, the Arch, Union Station, the Central West End, the Fox Theater, Missouri Botanical Garden, and the shopping malls. On the following pages we have listed restaurants, bars, and recreation spots we consider worthwhile.
One can get more information about St. Louis as well as receive maps by mail from:
Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater St. Louis
1 Metropolitan Square
St. Louis, MO 63102
St. Louis Visitors Center
308 Washington Ave.,
St. Louis, MO 63102