St. Louis, MO: From Past to Present

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The sexual abuse attorneys in St. Louis presents to you this article on the history of the city. We hope you take the time to learn how St. Louis came to be.

An Account of St. Louis

St. Louis is a city in Missouri. As the second-largest city in the state, it is situated on the western bank of the Missouri River, near the confluence of the Missouri River and the Mississippi River. The city is part of the bi-state metropolitan area, which is the 20th largest metropolitan area in the U.S., the seventh-largest in the Great Lakes Megalopolis, the second largest in Illinois and the largest in Missouri.

Before the area was settled by European settlers, it was the regional center of Native American Mississippian culture. On February 14, 1764, St. Louis was founded by French fur traders Aguste Chouteau, Gilbert Antoine de St. Maxent and Pierre Laclède. They named it after Louis IX of France. The timeline of the city is the following:

  • 1764 - Founded in Louisiana, New Spain
  • 1800 - Became part of French Louisiana
  • 1804 - The first post office was built after the area was sold to the U.S. in the Louisiana Purchase
  • 1805 - Became the capital of the U.S. Louisiana Territory
  • 1809 - The town was incorporated and the Missouri Fur Company was established
  • 1812 - St. Louis County was established
  • 1821 - St. Louis became part of the state of Missouri
  • 1822 - The City of St. Louis was incorporated
  • 1828 - The County Courthouse was built
  • 1836 - Chamber of Commerce was established
  • 1849 - A Cholera epidemic occurred
  • 1852 - The Iron Mountain railroad was built
  • 1853- Washington University was founded
  • 1859 - Streetcars began operating in the city
  • 1866 - Another Cholera epidemic
  • 1874 - Eads Bridge was constructed
  • 1900 - The St. Louis Streetcar Strike of 1900
  • 1909 - The centennial of the city
  • 1951 - Veterans' memorial Bridge was built
  • 1963 - The MetroBus began operating
  • 1967 - The St. Louis Blues - National Hockey League - NHL Expansion ice hockey team was established
  • 1970- Student antiwar demonstration
  • 1981 - Gwen B. Giles was the first African American and the first woman to be appointed as the leader of the St. Louis City Assessor's Office
  • 1993 - MetroLink began operating
  • 2001 - Veterans for Peace was headquartered in the city
  • 2009 - Citygarden was opened to the public
  • 2014 - Shooting in nearby Ferguson lead to unrest

As of the 2020 census, St. Louis has a population of 301,500 people. Follow along with a Timeline of Kansas City, Missouri.

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University was created in 1818 by the Most Reverend Louis William Valentine DuBourg, Bishop of Louisana and the Floridas, as the Saint Louis Academy. As the oldest university located west of the Mississippi River, the private Jesuit research university is the second-oldest Jesuit university in the U.S. Today, the university is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.  The school offers 91 undergraduate majors, 83 graduate disciplines, and programs adapted for working adults at the undergrad and graduate levels, including 25 online ones. It is home to the College of Philosophy and Letters, College of Arts and Sciences, Doisy College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Social Work, College for Public Health and Social Justice, Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, School of Law, School of Education, Parks College of Engineering, School of Professional Studies, Aviation and Technology, Center for Advanced Dental Education, and Center for Outcomes Research. The university also features a campus in Madrid, Spain.

Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch is a landmark and tourist attraction of St. Louis. The 190-meter monument was constructed in 1963 and completed in 1965. It was designed by Eero Saarinen, a Finnish-American architect, in 1947. The Arch was opened to the public on June 10, 1967. It is located at the site where the city was first founded on 100 Washington Avenue. Known as "The Gateway to the West," it is the centerpiece of Gateway Arch National Park and has been dedicated to "the American people." The arch is clad in stainless steel and was built in the form of a weighted catenary arch of the Structural Expressionism architectural style. It was built as a monument symbolizing the westward expansion of the U.S. Today, the arch is an internationally known symbol of St. Louis, the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere and the tallest arch in the world.

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