Among the 100 parks i was able to have a visit on one of the
significant park in the city, that is the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, a National Memorial located on the riverfront in downtown St. Louis.
St. Louis is well- known as the home of three professional sports teams: the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful Major League Baseball clubs; the hockey St. Louis Blues, and the football St. Louis Rams
St Louis is a very interesting City. It has huge and very tall unique architectural buildings which are very good subject for Photography. There are lots of things to do here. If you have time you can visit the Museums: The Black World History Museum; Bowling Hall of Fame and Museum etc
St. Joseph, Missouri, located on the banks of the Missouri River, has a plethora of historical sites to see, making it a perfect destination on a family summer road trip or even if you're headed somewhere else, it's a great place if you would like to stop somewhere interesting for the evening.
Besides the Jesse James & Pony Express Museums (see my other tips), there are also, all within the same general area, two statues and a great neighborhood of old, beautifully restored homes.
i cry every time i come here because i end up finding myself in front of one of van gogh's paintings. they have a huge collection of contemporary, asian, african, pre-columbian and islamic paintings and photography. you could easily spend a few hours here.
It was actually 1,446 items that the patient swallowed. They died during surgery. Why would the doctors save these items in the first place? Maybe they could foresee that one day there would be a museum to put them in.
The Arch in St. Louis is as symbolic of the city as the Eifel tower is of Paris, the statute of Liberty of New York, or the Space Needle of Seatle.
The Arch is part of an urban National park, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park, signifying the the City's role in U.S. history after the Louisina purchase and being the gateway to the west.
The arch is an archictural gem, and as the sun reflects of its graceful curves, it is enjoyable to photograph, or to take the tram to the top of the arch and view the city and the Mississipi river. Besides the arch, you can view a movie of the Louis and Clark expedition, and see the old St. Louis courthouse.
If you are travelling through St. Louis than you must visit the Indian Pyramids located 30 minutes away in Cahokia, Illinois. These earthen structures and ceremonial vistas are very impressive and the Monk's Mound is one of the largest of its kind in the world. This is a cultural heritage site that must not be missed.
The James S. McDonnell Planetarium is one of the nation's leading space-education facilities, focusing on astronomy, space sciences, and aviation. It opened in 1963 and became part of the Saint Louis Science Center in 1983. After extensive renovations between 1983 and 1984, it reopened in 1985.
The main feature of the planetarium is the 80-foot (24-meter) dome where 9,000 stars and planets are projected in shows every half-hour. Eclipses, meteor showers, and other celestial phenomena can be projected onto the dome. Visitors can also see how the night sky looked 10,000 years ago, and how it will appear 10,000 years from now.
Also popular is the Boeing Space Station, where visitors can learn what it is like to live and work on the International Space Station. The planetarium has two levels of displays that illustrate the history and future of space exploration.
The Saint Louis Science Center features more than 500 interactive and hands-on exhibits covering such topics as the human senses, computers, flight, space, building, mining, medicine, weather, and prehistoric times. The museum is housed in four main buildings: the Main Building (pictured here), the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, the Exploradome, and the Taylor Community Science Resource Center. The Saint Louis Science Center has been named one of the top five science centers in the United States by the Association of Science and Technology Centers.
The museum was founded in 1959 as the Museum of Science and Natural History by an organization called the Academy of Science of Saint Louis. It was originally located in suburban Clayton. In 1983, the museum was expanded to include the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, and the entire operation moved to its present site in Forest Park. It opened in 1985.
The Main Building is separate from the other buildings, and is located south of Interstate 64. It includes the IMAX Dome Theater with a 15,000-watt sound system.
The James S. McDonnell Planetarium is one of the nation's leading space-education facilities. (See my tip about the planetarium for additional information).
The Exploradome contains exhibits and hosts large events. Children will be thrilled by two life-size animated dinosaurs. The Discovery Room, with exhibits designed specifically for children, offers science toys and tools to play with, a small cave and tepee to climb in, and small live animals to hold and pet. Other attractions include an hourly laser show and an underground tunnel that simulates a coal mine.
The Taylor Community Science Resource Center hosts educational programs for young people.
The year 2002 marked the 150th anniversary that the Anheuser-Busch Brewery has been brewing beer. Visitors to the brewery can see 150 years of tradition in the brewing of Budweiser, starting with such raw ingredients as barley, malt, hops, rice, yeast, and water and ending with the finished product. (Budweiser is the most popular brand of beer produced by the company. Introduced in 1876, it was the first national beer brand). A tour of the brewery also includes a visit to the bottling and packaging process. Visitors who are of legal age are allowed two samples of beer in the Hospitality Room at the end of the tour.
The brewery was founded in 1852 by Eberhard Anheuser, a German immigrant. In 1869, Adolphus Busch, Anheuser's son-in-law, became a partner in the business, and Anheuser-Busch was born. The brewery was the first in the nation to use pasteurization to keep the beer fresh, artificial refrigeration, and refrigerated railroad cars to keep the beer cold during shipping.
The Saint Louis brewery is made up of 189 structures that cover 142 acres (57 hectares) of land. The Romanesque brick buildings have been listed as a National Historic Landmark District, and three of its buildings have been listed as National Historic Landmarks.
Anheuser-Busch is the largest brewer of beer in the United States, selling almost 49 percent of the beer sold in the country. The annual output amounts to 11,000,000,000 bottles of Budweiser. Production is spread among 12 breweries across the United States. Operations are also located in 20 other countries around the world. Besides Budweiser, other popular brands brewed by the company include Bud Light, Natural Light, Busch, and Michelob. In addition, they produce about 100 other types of beer, beer imports, specialty beers, and malt liquors.
Visitors will also want to see the Budweiser Clydesdale horses that are a well-known symbol of Anheuser-Busch. Clydesdale horses were used to deliver beer to local taverns and hotels in the early days of Anheuser-Busch. Nowadays, the Budweiser Clydesdales make appearances at hundreds of parades and festivals all over the United States.
The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial was established to commemorate the Louisiana Purchase (which sparked the westward expansion of the United States), the first civil government west of the Mississippi River, and the debate over slavery raised by the Dred Scott case. The 91-acre (37-hectare) site contains the Gateway Arch (pictured here), the Old Courthouse where the Dred Scott case was argued, and the 45,000-square-foot (4,181-square-meter) Museum of Westward Expansion. The Old Cathedral is surrounded by the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, but is technically not part of it.
Construction of the memorial took several decades because of delays caused by wars and other problems. Plans for the memorial began in the 1930s; the land was cleared of buildings beginning in 1942; formal dedication by Missouri native, President Harry Truman, occured in 1950; construction began in 1961; and it was finally completed in 1965.
Officially named the Basilica of Saint Louis, the first cathedral west of the Mississippi River is more popularly known as the Old Cathedral. It sits on a site reserved by Pierre Laclède, the founder of Saint Louis, for a church and cemetery. The original building, built in 1770, was made of logs and was dedicated to Saint Louis IX, the patron saint of the city and the church. A second log church was constructed at the site in 1776.
In 1826, Saint Louis became a Diocese, and a church befitting that honor was necessary. The current church was constructed between 1831 and 1834, and was the first example of Greek Revival architecture in Missouri.
In 1961, Pope John XXIII declared the church a basilica, recognizing it as "a treasure of the universal church." When the Saint Louis riverfront was cleared of old buildings to make way for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the Old Cathedral was the only building not demolished. It is surrounded by the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, but is not a part of it.
The Old Cathedral has recently been renovated with original furnishings. It also contains a museum featuring historical documents and items, as well as a bell dating from 1774.
Laclede's Landing has become the principal entertainment district of Saint Louis. Named after Pierre Laclède, the founder of Saint Louis, the area has the feel of the nineteenth-century riverfront with restored century-old brick buildings and cobbled streets. The nine-block district is located on the riverfront at the site where Pierre Laclède founded the first settlement that would become Saint Louis.
The district is notable for its warehouses with brick and cast-iron façades that date from the 1850s to the early 1900s. These warehouses were used to store goods, such as coffee, leather goods, whiskey, tobacco, and machinery, that were to be shipped by barge to various towns and cities up and down the Mississippi River.
Nowadays, Laclede's Landing features numerous specialty shops, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, outdoor cafes, and theaters. Visitors can take carriage rides around the district and enjoy live music at night. Laclede's Landing also hosts several larg-scale events, such as the Big Muddy Blues Festival, Rocktoberfest, Mardi Gras, the Big Bloody Booze Festival, and Saint Patrick's Day and Independence Day festivities.
The Saint Louis Floral Conservatory, also called the Jewel Box, is a floral conservator that features a permanent collection of hundreds of flowers supplemented by changing displays of seasonal flowers and plants. There is also a collection of tropical trees and plants. The interior features a large fountain and a water feature, and outside the greenhouse sits in pleasant surroundings which include rose gardens, lily ponds, statuary, and monuments.
The Art Deco conservatory was designed by William Becker, an engineer with the city's Board of Public Works, and was completed in 1936. The building is 50 feet (15 meters) high, and has 16,664 square feet (1,548 square meters) of glass plates over 4,000 panes. The interior contains 7,500 square feet (697 square meters) of floor space. Because it was believed impossible to place a heavy metal roof on top of a glass greenhouse, most greenhouse builders refused to submit bids for its construction.
The Saint Louis Floral Conservatory is commonly called the Jewel Box because after construction, someone observed that the building "looks like a jewel box."
The Saint Louis Floral Conservatory has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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