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St. Louis: Still maintains the infrastructure of the 1904 Olympic Games

St. Louis: Still maintains the infrastructure of the 1904 Olympic Games

Posted by Liliana Castaño on July 28, 2013

By IPPDigital

 

In St. Louis, the convergence of rivers brought a confluence of people as many German, Irish and Italian immigrants arrived at the Gateway to the West only to realize the gateway city itself was a great place to settle. For others, it was the starting point for great adventures, like the Corps of Discovery Expedition headed by Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark.

 

Once the third-largest city in the nation (behind New York and Philadelphia), this innovative Midwest city brought the world its first steel-trussed bridge, its first skyscraper and its first ice cream cone. It also hosted the 1904 World’s Fair and the 1904 Olympic Games and still boasts many of the structures built for those events.

 

Meters beneath the city is a natural wonder hidden from the casual traveler. St. Louis’ maze of limestone caves is believed to be more extensive than cave systems beneath any other city in the world. But above the city, Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen’s iconic Gateway Arch reminds visitors and residents alike that their venue is obviously, unmistakably, uniquely St. Louis.

 

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