When visiting the Saint Louis Union Station, stop at the sculpture fountain across the street. You will be delighted with what you see and hear. This popular fountain is called "Meeting of the Waters", which symbolizes the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. I notice that almost all of the tourist sites have to do with the rivers or the history of the westward expansion. This site is no exception.
Take your time to view carefully this lovely piece of art; stress will melt away.
It is difficult to take a good photo of this beautiful place because it is usually surrounded by so many people and because it covers so much territory. I took three shots of it, and none of them do it justice at all.
The Muny (Municipal Theatre) is located in Forest Park and presents a series of musicals on an outdoor stage throughout the summer. Interestingly, it is America's oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre.
Appropriately, this summer "Meet Me In St. Louis" is playing in celebration of the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. It plays June 21-30.
All performances start at 8:15 PM.
The rest of the season: "Cats" (July 5-11); "Annie" (July 12-18); "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (July 19-25); "The Music Man" (July 26-August 1); "Guys and Dolls" (August 2-8);
and "42nd Street" (August 9-15).
The Muny Box Office is in Forest Park or you may purchase tickets at any Metro Tix Outlet such as Famous Barr, Streetside Records, and Selected Schnucks Video Outlets. You may also order online at: www.muny.com
One of the most interesting activities I experienced on my trip to Saint Louis was to observe the incredible architecture. I probably enjoyed the homes surrounding Forest Park the most. I think that it's termed, "Millionaire's Row".
It's difficult to take photographs if you are in a car; therefore, I suggest that you walk the neighborhoods and stand in awe, as I did, when I saw, for the first time, the elegance, grandeur, and magnitude of these homes
. Most are more like mansions than mere homes.
When we were in St. Louis for a few days, we just happened to have some free time on the third Friday of the month, which is when the Earthways Home is open to the public. When I saw that it would be open while I was there, I knew I was meant to visit, and I wasn't disappointed.
Earthways Home is an old Victorian home that has been renovated and retrofited to utilized as many environmentally friendly options as possible. Just a few that come to mind are: energy efficient appliances, photovoltaics, passive solar heating, marmoleum and recycled fibre floors, various insulating window treatments.... the list could go on and on. It might sound dull, but let me assure you that it is both fascinating and inspiring. The staff members that conduct the tours are not only knowledgeable also entertaining and passionate.
If you are considering any sort of home improvement projects, it is worth stopping by the Earthways home to learn about all of the sustainable options out there.
Earthways Home is located at 3617 Grandel Square, which is a block and a half north of the Fox Theatre on Grand. The nearest MetroLink stop is Grand.
Tours are conducted at 10, 11, Noon, and 1 and last about an hour. Admission is $2 for adults, or free to anyone with a Missouri Botanical Gardens membership.
Plagued with a dust problem in the early 1970s due to its 23 miles (37 km) of dirt roads and lack of pavement funds, the city of Times Beach hired waste hauler Russell Bliss to oil the roads in the town in 1971. From 1972 to 1976, Bliss sprayed waste oil on the roads. The roads were later paved.
Bliss had first used the technique of spraying waste oil to control dust in horse stables. When a March 1971 spraying resulted in the death of 62 horses, the owners of the stable suspected Bliss, who assured them it was just used engine oil. But Bliss had mixed the NEPACCO waste with waste oil. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began investigating.
The EPA visited Times Beach in mid-1982, and in November 1982, test results showed dioxin levels some 300 times higher than the one part per billion generally considered to be safe.
On December 23, 1982, the EPA announced it had identified dangerous levels of dioxin in Times Beach's soil. Panic spread through the town, with many illnesses, miscarriages, and animal deaths attributed, rightly or wrongly, to the dioxin.
On February 23, 1983, the EPA announced the town's buyout for $32 million. By 1985, the town was evacuated except for one elderly couple who refused to leave, and the site was quarantined. Many of the town's citizens sued Bliss, NEPACCO, and its various subcontractors. Although the ethics and legality of Bliss' practices has been questioned, Bliss was never implicated or convicted of any crime.
About 265,000 tons of contaminated soil and debris from Times Beach was incinerated from March 1996 to June 1997 in an incinerator built and operated on the site by Syntex, the parent company of NEPACCO. The cleanup cost the government a total of $110 million, $10 million of which was reimbursed by Syntex.
Today, the land that was once Times Beach is now Route 66 State Park. One building from the town still exists: the park's visitor center was once a roadhouse from Times Beach's glory days, and was the EPA's headquarters for the area
Take a drive and get off the beaten path. Take a ferry ride over to Grafton or the Golden Eagle Ferry. There are some great restaruants and some really neat historical places to see. If you do the Golden Eagle Ferry, you will end up at one of our favorite restaurants on the river, Kinders ("On and sometimes in the Mississippi") . Great bar food, a nice little shop and be sure to get one of their t-shirts. Take the River Road over the Grafton and spend the day at the Flea Market, Pere Marquette Lodge, or have lunch at the Loading Dock and watch the boats and see some beautiful Harleys. When you are ready to get back, just take the Grafton Ferry back or drive a short distance to Alton and take the Clark Bridge back.
The here is the phone number for Kinders 618-396-2535 and the number for the Golden Eagle Ferry is below along with a website that gives you all kinds of information about the ferries and The Great River Road.
Six Flags is to the outside part of St.Louis. A lot of people miss it because it's not downtown. Take the drive out to Six Flags, it's well worth the price of admission!! They have several new roller coasters to ride and they have a place to cool off at that's included in the price of admission, it's called Hurricane Harbor. It is so much fun for the whole family and friends. This is absolutely an amusement park you don't want to miss!!!!! It's located at I-44 & Six Flags Rd. You can't miss it.
The village was founded in 1837 as a German settlement. The beer brewery was the first stage for the residents; they like the beer so much. Good land for wine in the area led them to grow vines, and by early 1900's, they reaped 3 million gallons. The wine is very good tasting; rivals Europe vineyards in my opinion. The town has 100 historical buildings on the register list, and they all are nicely maintained. Dierberg family of St. Louis bought the wine cellar commerce in 1974 and a town has had revitalized wine fest every summer. It is held in June and well worth a leisure day on a grassy knoll with a bottle of wine in hand.
It is located on the Missouri River and is 100 miles form St. Louis and 200 miles from KC, on Hwy 100
We went to the Visitor's Center and after I got my passport stamped, we watched the 16-minute introductory film, A Place Called White Haven, shown in the Visitor Center theater, and went through the museum. Then we visited the Main House:
* Free interpretive visits to the Main House are usually offered every 30 minutes beginning at 9:30 a.m. Typically the last house visit of the day begins at 4:00 p.m.
* Due to preservation and safety concerns, space is limited for each time slot and tickets (which are free, and available at the Visitor Center desk) are required to reserve a place.
Actually in our case, there was no one else there at that time of day/year, so we had a private tour. Inside they had those TV photo screens and video commentary. We found out that White Haven was named after the family farm house, but was actually painted green. Afterwards we toured the site outbuildings.
It claims to be in the heart of wine country and probably they are right. It is a small town but little has changed since its founding in in mid 1800's. They have 445 buildings on the Historic Register. It is 50 miles west of St. Louis and on the Missouri River edge. The town has origins from Spanish days of ruling in 1700's. Daniel Boone families spread out to this area in early 1800's, and by 1814, there was a ferry crossing over the river. That solidified the town, and it now has 13,000 residents.
We visted the oldest Lutheran congregation west of the Mississippe. It was very nice and we liked the service. The church itself has been rebuilt but still looks old ( well, not as old as churches in Europe, but old by U.S. standards...)
Note: if you just want to go look at it, but do not wish to worship there, I am sure they will let you....everyone there was very friendly and they told us they get a lot of visitors.
Built in the end of the 19Th century, this church is part of the University, being also known as the College Church.
Inspired in Irish Gothic, it composes a harmonic contrast with the modern look of the buildings that surround it.
When we were in St Louis we went to see the Scott Joplin House. We came upon these Sea Serpent fences surrounding parking lots.
We figured they were a part of St Louis' revitilization project, possibly by the same develoment assoication that saved the Scott Joplin house.
Anyway they are really cool looking and worth a look-see. Come to find out the area they surround is the City Museum.
701 North 15th St, St. Louis, MO 63103 ·
On the campus of this magnificent university is the Graham Chapel, named for Benjamin Brown Graham.
The Chapel was given to the University by his widow, Christine Blair Graham, as a memorial to him. Dedicated in 1909, Graham Chapel is used for concerts, plays, and the University's weekly lecture program, the Assembly Series.
The Assembly Series has brought more than 800 prominent figures in politics, academia, religion, the arts, and the sciences to Washington University since 1949. 15 years after his birth in December of 1840 in Ohio, Benjamin Graham moved to St. Louis and began his first job. After years of hard work and corporate advancement, he became president of Graham Paper Company. During his years as president, his company became the chief paper distributor for American, Canadian, Mexican, South American, and Australian paper product factories. He was a Director of Merchant's National Bank and St. Louis Union Trust Company, the President of St. Louis Mercantile Library, active in the work of Christ Church Cathedral, and a charter member of the University Club, the oldest club of its kind in America.
An especially beautiful feature of the Chapel is its stained glass window, which depicts the dedication of King Solomon's temple. The window was designed by the firm of Clayton and Bell, London, England.
The inscription at the base of the stained glass window comes from 1 Kings, Chapter 8, verse 58 and reads: The Lord God be with us, as He was with our fathers, that He may incline our hearts into him, to walk in all his ways and to keep His commandments.
The inscription in the wood paneling beneath the stained glass window reads:
To make undying music in the world
The Cahokia Mounds are little known but fascinating, and they are only a few miles into Illinois on I-70/55. They are the largest surviving Native American construction in North America, and they are an official United Nations-sponsored World Heritage Site.
Check out my Cahokia Mounds State Park (IL) page for photos and directions.