One annoying custom of many people who grew up in St. Louis is to ask every new person they meet, "Where'd you go to school?"
When I first encountered this questions, I answered with the name of the college from which I graduated - since I was in my early 20's. But, I soon found out these people wanted to know where I went to High School! It's all part of a not-so-covert method of finding out if you're worthy. Whatever.
Since I moved to St. Louis after college, I wasn't familiar with this custom. But when my brother moved there, 5 or 6 years later, I prepared him. He was smart enough to answer with the name of the High School in the most dangerous part of the city : )
Laclede's Landing Area.... In 1764, a French fur trapper named Pierre LaClede established Saint Louis as trading post on the west banks of the Mississippi River. Business was good from the beginning. Soon the village became the center of commerce with furs as the main source of exchange for goods. Today, Laclede's Landing, a nine - block industrial area that once housed companies producing coffee, leather goods, mattresses, tobacco, whiskey, candy and machinery for the barges, features some of the most unique restaurants, sidewalk cafes and clubs in the metro Saint Louis area. During the day, the historical district is also home to people who work at the many offices located on the edge of the Mississippi River. At night, horse drawn carriages and live music add to the atmosphere of one of the premier entertainment areas in St. Louis. This pic taken in front of a sculpture on road by the river, in front of Landing's entrance.... it was called 'St. Louis' Tall Grass', made of glass, stucco and cement.
For the record-- St. Louis is NOT a southern city. It is Midwestern, with an eastern flair. People here (in the city especially) are raw and urban. St. Louisans have a unique urban dialect that is very noticeable, especially on the South Side. This is one of America's historic Big Ten cities. The culture and character of the city is unique and distictive. We have many local foods, pronunciations, colloquialisms and customs. You will find St. Louis an interesting and diverse city to visit.
Former US president Grant lived in this cabin. It is located at 'Grants Farm'. The land was not good for farming. The biggest cash crop here was the firewood they cut and sold from trees on the land. President Grant called this 'The Hardscrabble Place'. Think of this when you are having a hard scrabble in life.
Fantastic Missouri Botanical Gardens!!! ---- The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Boulevard in St. Louis and is easily accessible via public transportation by taking the MetroLink to the Central West End station and catching the Garden Express shuttle bus.
take a virtual tour - click here!
If you are from the south, they don't serve sweet tea. You have to add the sweetner yourself. 15% tips for waiter if your party is less than four and 20% if greater. Some restraunts automatically charge you the tip, so check your bill before you tip.
Like my beloved New Orleans, the symbol of St. Louis is the fleur de lis. How many can you count when you go to visit??
St. Louis has some of the most devoted sports fans I've seen yet! Here's a tribute to them!! -- TWA Stadium (Home of the RAMS)