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St. Louis History

Founded as a trading post by French settlers and sold to the US in 1803, St. Louis is at the crossroads of some of the most important stories in American history. Located in the middle between east and west, it was once the point of departure for US explorers and settlers. Also being located in the middle between north and south meant it played a key role in the political fight over slavery that led to the Civil War. The mixing of American subcultures here also made it central to the evolution of American music. But centuries before any of that, it was the site of North America's greatest ancient city. These five sites reflect on different parts of the story to offer a great introduction to St. Louis history.

  • 1.

    Basilica of St. Louis (The Old Cathedral)

    Basilica of St. Louis (The Old Cathedral)

    The first cathedral west of the Mississippi, and the oldest building in St. Louis.

  • 2.

    Scott Joplin State Historic Site

    Scott Joplin State Historic Site

    Home of the legendary composer who made the world dance to a new sound born in St. Louis.

  • 3.

    Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

    Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

    America's lost city, once the size of London.

  • 4.

    The Old Courthouse

    The Old Courthouse

    Once the state and federal court of Missouri and site of history-making cases.

  • 5.

    Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

    Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

    Explore the home where a future president and first lady met and started a family.

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