Welcome to St. Louis

From the Wikipedia entry:

St. Louis is a city in the U.S. state of Missouri. It is situated along the western bank of the Mississippi River, which forms the state line between Illinois and Missouri. The Missouri River merges with the Mississippi River 15 river miles north of downtown St. Louis, forming the fourth-longest river system in the world. The estimated 2018 population of the city proper was 302,838 and the bi-state metropolitan area was 2,804,724.  Greater St. Louis is the largest metropolitan area in Missouri, second-largest in Illinois, 7th-largest in the Great Lakes Megalopolis, and the 20th-largest in the United States.

Before European settlement, the area was a regional center of Native American Mississippian culture. The city of St. Louis was founded in 1764 by French fur traders Pierre Lacl├Ęde and Auguste Chouteau, and named after Louis IX of France. In 1764, following France’s defeat in the Seven Years’ War, the area was ceded to Spain and retroceded back to France in 1800. In 1803, the United States acquired the territory as part of the Louisiana Purchase. During the nineteenth century, St. Louis became a major port on the Mississippi River; at the time of the 1870 Census, it was the fourth-largest city in the country. It separated from St. Louis County in 1877, becoming an independent city and limiting its own political boundaries. In 1904, it hosted the Louisiana Purchase Exposition and the Summer Olympics.

St. Louis has two professional sports teams: the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball and the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. Among the city’s notable sights is the 630-foot (192 m) Gateway Arch in the downtown area. St. Louis is also home to the St. Louis Zoo, perennially ranked as one of the nation’s best, and the Missouri Botanical Garden, with the second-largest herbarium in North America.

To discover more opportunities in St. Louis, see https://explorestlouis.com/.

In particular, to explore the many colorful neighborhoods of St. Louis, see https://explorestlouis.com/things-to-do/neighborhoods/. From eclectic boutiques and signature cuisine to exciting nightlife and live entertainment, each neighborhood has a unique character and style that adds something special to the regional patchwork of our city.

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