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St. Louis Local History

Pierre Laclede Liguest was a recipient of a land grant from the King of France. He selected the site of St Louis in 1764 as set up a fur trading post with his 13-year-old scout Auguste Chouteau. The location was chosen because it was not subject to flooding and was situated conveniently close to the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. In 1765 construction of the village began and named after Louis IX of France.

The majority of the early settlers to St Louis were French, and many associated with the fur trade. St Louis transferred to the Spanish in 1770, and after the secret treaty with Napoleon returned to France. Following the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, St Louis became part of the United States. Legend has it that St Louis flew under three flags in one day, French, Spanish and American.

St Louis grew and became an important centre of commerce and trade and attracting thousands of immigrants eager to find a new life on the edge of the frontier. St Louis was a strategic location during the American Civil War, but remained firmly under Union control mainly because of its fiercely loyal German influence.

St. Louis Attractions

St. Louis Shopping

Craft Alliance Located at 6640 Delmar in the Loop, St Louis, Missouri. The Craft Alliance features exhibitions, retail gallery showcasing and classes in fine contemporary craft of clay, glass, metal, fiber and wood. The Craft Alliance is open daily and is free of charge. http://www.craftalliance.org.

Soulard Farmers Market Located between Seventh & Lafayette Streets, St Louis, Missouri. The Soulard Farmers Market has been in existence since 1779. There are over 148 stalls selling farm fresh produce as well as imported produce. The market is open all year round from Wednesday to Saturday and entrance is free of charge. http://www.stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/soulardmarket.

West Port Plaza Located at 1-270 & Page Boulevard, St Louis, Missouri. The west Port Plaza features international restaurants, speciality shops, a comedy club, blues and jazz club, occasional live musical entertainment as well as a first class hotel. The West Port Plaza is the perfect place to stroll around and find that perfect souvenir to take home with you. http://www.westportstl.com

St. Louis Activities

Six Flags St. Louis - This is one of the best places to take your children, with over a hundred rides and attractions. Two of the top rides are Scooby-Doo's Ghostblasters and Hurricane Harbor. For the younger children there are smaller rides in the Looney Tunes Town. This is a great place to take the children on an unforgettable day out.

S. McDonnell Planetarium - Located at the Science Centre. This planetarium is a great place to take your children to teach them about the heavans, with the Boeing Space Station where children can get an idea of what it's like to live and work in outer space. There are many interesting exhibits and displays to keep the whole family entertained for the whole day. Admission to the Science Centre is free.

St Louis Zoo Located at Forest Park, St Louis, Missouri. The St Louis Zoo has some of the best features that well delight children of all ages. There is the Big Cat Country, Jungle of the Apes, River's Edge, which has elephants and hippos of display, a fascinating insectarium's, which has everything creepy crawly imaginable from giant cockroaches to a butterfly house. An animal contact area is also a feature. There is a fee charge for the animal contact area as well as the insectarium's..

St Louis Science Centre Located at 550 Oakland Avenue. The St Louis Science Centre has full sized animated dinosaurs, hands on exhibits covering DNA and genetics, aviation, the environment. There is an exhibit, which covers space exploration. A planetarium and OMNIMAX theatre have exciting features, but an admission fee is charged to enter..

St. Louis Parks & Gardens

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area Located at 801 Strodtman Road, St Louis, Missouri. There is 4 300 acres to the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area at the convergence of the two great rivers of Missouri and Mississippi. There are hiking trails and biking trails which meander through this pristine location. Hunting and fishing are permitted in the area. There is a visitor's centre that sells a variety of things that you might require while visiting the area. The Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is open from April to September from 6am to 10pm daily and during October from 6am to 7pm. http://www.mdc.mo.gov/areas/areas/bottom

Forest Park Bounded by 1-64, Kingshighway, Lindell & Skinker, St Louis, Missouri. The Forest Park is the largest urban park in the United States, and has 1371 acres of land. The Forest Park is about 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York City. There is an art museum, a science centre, zoo, a greenhouse, a history museum and a theatre. For those of you who are energetic the park has a biking trail, jogging train and skating path. There are also skating rink and lakes, which can be enjoyed. http://www.stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/parks/forestpark

Missouri Botanical Garden Located at 4344 Shaw Boulevard, St Louis, Missouri. The Missouri Botanical Gardens were founded in 1859 and features 79 acres of lovely gardens and historic structures, which include the Climatron rain forest conservatory, and authentic Japanese garden, a centre for home gardening and the founder of the Missouri Botanical Gardens, Henry Shaw's Victorian country home. Admission into the Missouri Botanical Gardens is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children under the age of 12 are free. http://www.mobot.org

St. Louis Restaurants and Bars

St. Louis Restaurants

Annie Gunn's - 16806 Chesterfield Airport Rd. This innovative bistro style restaurant serves a wide range of regional and American dishes, accompanied by an excellent wine list. The food is great and the prices are reasonable. This is the best place to go if you want to sample some American style cooking.

Arthur Clay's - 7266 Manchester Rd. This sophisticated and relaxed restaurant serves simple food with French and Asian influences, and is very popular with locals and tourists. They have a wide selection on the menu, with speciality deserts and an excellent wine list.

Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery - Second & Mill Streets. This cozy and charming restaurant is the place to go for breakfast. They serve a wide range of excellent breakfasts; country-style lunches; and delicious deserts. The service is warm and friendly, and the prices are reasonable.

Al's Restaurant Located at 1200 North 1 Street, St Louis, Missouri. Al's Restaurant has been around since 1925. This is not a restaurant like any other; it's a definite one in a million. There is no printed menu, but waiters do display a tray of steak, veal, rack of lamb, seafood and other dishes and carefully explain each to you. There is a dress code; men are required to wear jackets. The restaurant is open from Monday to Saturday from 5pm to 11pm.

Blueberry Hill Located at 6504 Delmar, St Louis, Missouri. The Blueberry Hill has a variety of pop culture memorabilia including vintage posters, lunch boxes and more Chuck Berry memorabilia than anywhere else. The restaurant in located in the lively University City Loop district and is a great hangout for those learners and professors who are in between classes. There is a CD jukebox that has over 3 000 selections to choose from, which is rated on of the best in the town. Blueberry Hill host bands in the Elvis Room and Duck Room several times a week, even Chuck Berry still performs here on occasion. The speciality of the restaurant is its famous burgers and sandwiches.

Saint Louis Brewery and Tap Room Located at 2100 Locust Street, St Louis, Missouri. The Saint Louis Brewery and Tap Room can be found in a 1904 brick building, which used to house a printing company, just a few blocks from Union Station. There are 35 kinds of Schlafly brand beers brewed on these premises, with about 10 of them being of offer. A variety of sandwiches and entrees are served, many with beer included in their recipes. The upstairs bar offers live music on the weekends. Saint Louis Brewery and Tap Room is open from Monday to Thursday from 11am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to midnight and Sunday from noon to 9pm.

St. Louis Bars & Clubs

Club Buca - 707 Clamorgan Alley. This is the newest dance club in St Louis and is very popular with a younger crowd of locals and tourists alike. DJs in themix play a wide range of all the latest and hottest dance hits from around the world. This is the best place to go to dance and party all night long, while mixing with some of the locals.

Velvet - 1301 Washington Ave. This dance club has been St Louis' most popular and best club for the past six years and is frequented by a mixed crowd of under 35 locals. This is the place to go if you're looking to dance up a storm on the dance floor all night long.

Morgan Street Brewery - 721 N. Second St. This bar is the place to go if you're looking for a more relaxed night out on the town. The bar has pool tables; satelite TV; and seating outside on the patio, They serve a range of beers brewed in the microbrewery as well as a wide range of other drinks.

Mike & Min's Located at 925 Geyer, St Louis, Missouri. Mike & Min's is the oldest blues bar in St Louis. They have live performances most nights. The atmosphere is awesome and have a full bar.

1860 Hard Shell Café & Bar Located at 1860 S. 9th Street, St Louis, Missouri. The Hard Shell Café & Bar offers blues, R&B, zydeco and rock. This bar is a hit with the 20's and 30's something. The atmosphere is relaxed and has a great vibe.

Mississippi Nights Located at 914 S, 1st Street, St Louis Missouri. This club has top rated bands that play almost nightly. The atmosphere is really great, and the people are friendly. Service is excellent and there is a great menu to choose from.

St. Louis children's activities

Six Flags St. Louis - This is one of the best places to take your children, with over a hundred rides and attractions. Two of the top rides are Scooby-Doo's Ghostblasters and Hurricane Harbor. For the younger children there are smaller rides in the Looney Tunes Town. This is a great place to take the children on an unforgettable day out.

S. McDonnell Planetarium - Located at the Science Centre. This planetarium is a great place to take your children to teach them about the heavans, with the Boeing Space Station where children can get an idea of what it's like to live and work in outer space. There are many interesting exhibits and displays to keep the whole family entertained for the whole day. Admission to the Science Centre is free.

St Louis Zoo Located at Forest Park, St Louis, Missouri. The St Louis Zoo has some of the best features that well delight children of all ages. There is the Big Cat Country, Jungle of the Apes, River's Edge, which has elephants and hippos of display, a fascinating insectarium's, which has everything creepy crawly imaginable from giant cockroaches to a butterfly house. An animal contact area is also a feature. There is a fee charge for the animal contact area as well as the insectarium's..

St Louis Science Centre Located at 550 Oakland Avenue. The St Louis Science Centre has full sized animated dinosaurs, hands on exhibits covering DNA and genetics, aviation, the environment. There is an exhibit, which covers space exploration. A planetarium and OMNIMAX theatre have exciting features, but an admission fee is charged to enter..

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