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A History of St. Louis for Travelers

Founded in 1764 by Auguste Chouteau and Pierre Laclède, St. Louis became a principal port on the Mississippi River after the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 when the United States, under President Jefferson, bought it along with an additional 828,000 square miles west of the Mississippi River from the French. In May of 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark began their western expedition from the city. When the Louisiana Territory split in 1812, the city became the capital of the Missouri Territory until Missouri became a state in 1821.

Historic places to visit in St. Louis

– The Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, is one of the sites the city is most commonly identified with. The top may be reached by taking 1,076 steps or riding a tram. Located in the downtown area, it serves to commemorate the Louisiana Purchase.

– The Lemp Mansion Restaurant and Inn, also known as Cragwold, was built in 1868 and listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on December 30, 2009. It is the ancestral home of William Lemp, founder of the William J. Lemp Brewing Company that later became the Falstaff Brewing Corporation.

– The Anheuser-Busch Brewery was built in 1852 and named a National Historic Landmark in 1966. Although the company was sold on July 13, 2008, the brewery still offers free public tours.

– The Missouri Botanical Garden and the adjacent Tower Grove Park were built respectively in 1859 and 1875 by the philanthropist Henry Shaw. Both are listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

– The Scott Joplin House State Historic Site is the preserved home of the “King of Ragtime,” Scott Joplin. It became a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1976.

Other places to visit in St. Louis
– St. Louis Zoo –
– Forest Park –
– Citygarden –
– Grant’s Farm –
– Six Flags over St. Louis –
– St. Louis Science Center –
– Museum of Transportation –

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  1. May 27, 2014 at 11:52 am — Reply

    Thanks for talking about my town, we love visitors! However, no one takes the stairs up the Arch, those are for maintenance and emergency. And the brewery is pretty much the same as it always was, it’s the national HQ for InBev, but we still call it Anheuser-Busch. They’ve actually improved the tour experience last summer with a new beer garden. (In fact, we pretty much try to forget the whole Inbev thing around here.)