A vibrant and lively city, Saint Louis is a sought after choice for visitors who love the rodeo and country music. The city has a long list of great places to shop, eat, stay and all the must-see attractions it offers from sports to nightlife to art.
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Saint Louis Interesting and Fun Facts
- The first interstate highway was built in St. Louis.
- Saint Louis was the first American city to host the Olympics.
- The city is known for its toasted ravioli and cheese butter cake.
- Saint Louis University is the oldest university west of the Mississippi.
- Missouri Day is the third Wednesday of October.
- The first successful parachute jump to be made from a moving airplane was prepared by Captain Berry at St. Louis, in the year 1912.
- The Saint Louis Zoo is known to be one of the best zoos in the country. It is situated on the historic site for the 1904 World’s Fair.
Saint Louis Geographical and Demographic Fast Facts
- Major deposits of brick coal, clay, and mille rite ore were once mined in this city, and the principal surface rock.
- The St. Louis Limestone, is used as rubble and dimension stone for construction.
- The town was incorporated in 1809. From 1812 to 1821, St. Louis was the capital of the Missouri Territory, and it was incorporated as a city in 1822.
- The Gateway Arch is the tallest manmade structure in the world, standing 630 ft tall on the banks of Mississippi river banks
Saint Louis Government and Economy Fast Facts
- The first seat of state government was housed in the Mansion House.
- Charles was designated as temporary capital of the state in 1821 and remained the seat of government until 1826 when Jefferson City became the permanent capital city.
- The economy of St. Louis relies on service, manufacturing, trade, transportation of goods, and tourism.
- The city is divided into 79 government-designated neighborhoods.
Saint Louis History Fast Facts
- The ice cream cone was invented in the St. Louis World's Fair in the year 1904.
- St. Louis was founded in 1764 as a French fur-trading village by Pierre Laclede.
- St. Louis's current boundaries were recognized in 1876, when voters accepted separation from St Louis establishment and County of a home rule charter.
- At the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, Richard Blechyden, served tea with ice and thus iced tea was invented.
- Because of hundreds of workers, the Arch was finished within their budget and no life was lost.
- The first paddle wheel steamboat arrived in St. Louis in 1817.