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St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, one of the oldest cities in Missouri, began when a man named Pierre Laclede Liguest discovered the perfect place for a trading post on a high bluff of the Mississippi River in 1763. Early the next year, Leclede sent his stepson, along with thirty men, to begin clearing the heavily forested land for a new town, of which Laclede declared, "This settlement will become one of the finest cities in America.”

The first structures included a large house for the fur company’s headquarters, along with cabins and storage sheds. A post house was completed in September, 1764, becoming the focal point of the new village. From here, streets and buildings soon expanded, as trappers and traders populated the settlement.

East St. Louis, IL - Bank Sign

East St. Louis, IL - Bank Sign

East St. Louis, IL - Barber-Beauty Shop

East St. Louis, IL - Barber-Beauty Shop

East St. Louis, IL - Block Window

East St. Louis, IL - Block Window

East St. Louis, IL - Building

East St. Louis, IL - Building

East St. Louis, IL - Collinsville Ave

East St. Louis, IL - Collinsville Ave

East St. Louis, IL - Dance Hall

East St. Louis, IL - Dance Hall

East St. Louis, IL - Gateway Geyser

East St. Louis, IL - Gateway Geyser

East St. Louis, IL - Journal Building

East St. Louis, IL - Journal Building

East St. Louis, IL - Magestic Theater Detail - 3

East St. Louis, IL - Magestic Theater Detail - 3

East St. Louis, IL - Magestic Theatre

East St. Louis, IL - Magestic Theatre

East St. Louis, IL - Magestic Theatre & Murphy Building

East St. Louis, IL - Magestic Theatre & Murphy Building

East St. Louis, IL - Magestic Theatre Detail - 2

East St. Louis, IL - Magestic Theatre Detail - 2

East St. Louis, IL - Magestic Theatre Windows

East St. Louis, IL - Magestic Theatre Windows

East St. Louis, IL - Mississippi River

East St. Louis, IL - Mississippi River

East St. Louis, IL - Murphy Building

East St. Louis, IL - Murphy Building

East St. Louis, IL - Murphy Building Backside

East St. Louis, IL - Murphy Building Backside

East St. Louis, IL - Murphy Building Backside - 2

East St. Louis, IL - Murphy Building Backside - 2

East St. Louis, IL - Murphy Building Detail

East St. Louis, IL - Murphy Building Detail

East St. Louis, IL - Murphy Building Windows

East St. Louis, IL - Murphy Building Windows

East St. Louis, IL - Murphy Building Windows - 2

East St. Louis, IL - Murphy Building Windows - 2