The city of St. Louis was founded in 1764 and incorporated in 1822. It is located in the US state of Missouri and it has an estimated population of around 308,626 as of the 22nd of March 2018. That is well over a quarter of a million people, so it is quite a large city. In fact, it is the 2nd largest city in Missouri and the 61st largest nationally. The current Mayor is Lyda Krewson who assumed office in April 2017.
There are many famous landmarks in St. Louis including Gateway Arch, Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri Botanical Garden, City Hall, Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Old Courthouse and Union Station.
Old Courthouse dates back to the 19th century and it has served as both a state and federal establishment. In 1846, The Dred Scoot case was heard at the courthouse.
Union Station was constructing in 1888 and it was once the biggest and busiest train station on the planet. In the 1980s, however, it was converting into a shopping center, entertainment complex and hotel. It does still continue to function as a train station, as it serves MetroLink passengers.
Gateway Arch is a 192m structure and it is the tallest man-man monument in not just America, but the whole Western Hemisphere. Before 2018 it was called the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. It is a key feature of the St. Louis skyline.
The Missouri Botanical Garden was first started in 1859 by founder Henry Shaw. It is one of the US’s oldest botanical institution. It is also a national historic landmark and houses more than 6.6 million different species of plants. The only Botanical Garden in North America that is bigger than it is the New York Botanical Garden.
City Hall can be found in Downtown West. Its designer was Harvey Ellis and it was built in 1892. It is similar in style to the famous Hotel de Ville in Paris, France. Not surprising as it has renaissance revival influences.
St. Louis Zoo is another famous landmark that we have not yet mentioned. It was originally commissioned for the 1904 Worlds Fair. It is currently regarded as a leading player in animal research, conservation, education, and management. It can be found in Forest Park and one of the best things about it is that there is no cost for admission. This means it is a big hit with tourists.