Category Archives: Colonial St. Louis

The Founding Spirit of St. Louis

The City of St. Louis was founded in a spirit of collaboration, of tolerance among people of different races and socio-economic backgrounds, and of unprecedented freedom according to J. Frederick Fausz of the University of Missouri St. Louis.* This was … Continue reading

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The Lou’s Signature Bread Co.

Once, neighborhood bakeries were almost as common in The Lou as banks. Practically every ethnic group had its own – Polish, Russian, Swiss, Bohemian, Syrian and ItalianĀ  among them. There were kosher bakeries and French pastry shops; distinctive but certainly … Continue reading

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Calvary Cemetery – Treasure Trove of The Lou’s History

With the exception of Thomas Danisi’s home on Mackay Place and a portion of Manuel Lisa’s fur warehouse in the Old Courthouse downtown, almost the last vestiges of Colonial St. Louis are to be found in a Catholic cemetery, the … Continue reading

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Founding St. Louis – A 21st Century Perspective

I cannot visit the Gateway Arch with its splendid views of river and cityscape without recalling Pierre Laclede, his vision and far-sightedness, and how much we owe to him as a community. For while the Arch is the work of … Continue reading

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Maytime in The Lou

Edwin Teale’s quotation, “All things seem possible in May” could not be more apropos for St. Louis, for the most dramatic events in our history have occurred in May. Spring alternates between summer and winter, her capricious storms and wildly … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras: St. Louis and Beyond

The Mardi Gras season which had its start Twelfth Night at the Old Courthouse with an afternoon ball and a music parade in Soulard ending with fireworks, culminates Tuesday night in St. Louis, as elsewhere in the world, with the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday St. Louis!

Two hundred and forty-seven years ago today, on February 15, 1764*, fourteen year old Rene Auguste Chouteau arrived at the foot of Market Street (then merely a single break in the four-story bluffs that fronted the Mississippi here) with a … Continue reading

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