Tag Archives: Pierre Laclede

Navigating St. Louis

I was born a walker. For me the most sensuous way to experience a place – whether it be Dublin or Paris or St. Louis – is to walk it; following scents, letting the colors of a place seep into … Continue reading

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St. Lou’s Buried Treasures

Unlike the Gateway Arch, Union Station, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and the Chatillon-Demenil Mansion, some of the city’s greatest treasures lie underground. Chief among these from a public perspective¬†are the limestone caves over which St. Louis evolved from … 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, the last vestiges of Colonial St. Louis are to be found in a Catholic cemetery, the city’s … 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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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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Haunting St. Louis II

There are hauntings and there are hauntings. A harsh word spoken to a loved one in childhood can come back to haunt one in old age for it can never be taken back. Who hasn’t such memories? When Sam Clemens … Continue reading

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