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City Walks – St Louis Missouri Virtual Treadmill Travel Walk – Virtual Walks for Treadmill

St Louis is one of those iconic cities we’ve all heard about but few have visited. We got there early enough to catch the city coming alive with business and there was plenty of bustle. Unlike the previous 3 cities (see links below), this one seemed more urban some how. Perhaps it was the busier traffic or the ever present construction but there just seemed to be more functional activity than mere beautiful city.

That’s not to say it’s not beautiful, because it is. It’s just that it has a more lived in feel. And of course it has been, for centuries. The history of St. Louis as the jumping off point to the west stretches back centuries in a country with out too many centuries to its name. Hence, the Gateway Arch National Park, which offers its own statement on the city. We start down in the old town, make our way past the arch and then up past the courthouse and into downtown. The buildings stretch up into the sky and have a combination of old and new. It’s a great town with a ton of things to do. Like many of the cities we visit on this road trip, I’d like to go back and spend more time there and share all the great things on offer.

Historic streets of Lacledes Landing in St Louis citywalk
I love the historic Lacledes Landing.

We start the latest of our citywalks at Laclede’s Landing with its refurbished buildings and cobble stone streets taking us back to the 1800’s. It’s easy to imagine wagons and vendors and trappers and settler bustling along its tight streets near the river. Also, we’d parked nearby.

Arches of Eads Bridge on the Missouri River St Louis citywalks live
Cool Brickwork of the abuttment of the Eads Bridge in St Louis

We quickly move down to the Missouri River front under Eads Bridge and get a better view of the famous arch which is a newer National Park. While I don’t take you inside the arch, you can take some cool little pods up to the top. We give the arch a quick fondle before heading up towards famous court house where they decided the Dread Scott court case.

Then we go into the sky rises and see the 19th and 20th century classic architecture mixed with the newer buildings. It’s a fantastic downtown area with lots of vitality. I hope you all enjoy this virtual citywalks as much as I enjoy making them for you. Keep on Steppin’ -Henry

Downtown buildings in St Louis with the Old Courthouse and Gateway Arch in November
Such a great mix of old and new in St Louis midway through our virtual walking tour

More virtual walks from the MidWest tour

Sioux City, Iowa Virtual Treadmill Entertainment
Omaha, Nebraska Treadmill Walking Tour
Omaha, Nebraska Treadmill Scenery and Walking Tour
Downtown Kansas City, Missouri Evening Walking Tour

Some local facts about St Louis

St. Louis is the second-largest city in Missouri, after Kansas City in the west. It sits near the confluence of the Mississippi and the Missouri Rivers. The 2020 population sat around 301,500 in the city proper, while the bi-state metropolitan area, which reaches into Illinois, had a population of over 2.8 million, making it the largest metropolitan area in Missouri, the second-largest in Illinois, and the seventh-largest in the Great Lakes Megalopolis.

Before European settlement, the area was a regional center of Native American Mississippian culture. French fur traders founded St. Louis in February 1764 who named it for Louis IX of France. In 1764, after France’s defeat in the Seven Years’ War, the area was ceded to Spain. In 1800, it was retroceded to France, which sold it three years later to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. The city became the point of embarkation for the Corps of Discovery on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In the 19th century, St. Louis became a major port on the Mississippi River. In fact, from 1870 until the 1920 census, it was the fourth-largest city in the country.

St. Louis had a brief run as a world-class city in the early 20th century. In 1904, it hosted the Louisiana Purchase Exposition and the Summer Olympics.

St. Louis has three professional sports teams: the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, the St. Louis Blues NHL team, and the St. Louis BattleHawks of the newly formed XFL. In 2019, the city was awarded a Major League Soccer franchise, St. Louis City SC, which is expected to begin play upon the completion of a 22,500-seat stadium in the city’s Downtown West neighborhood in 2023.

Perhaps most famous for the 630-foot (192 m) Gateway Arch in the downtown area, St. Louis also has a tremendous historical legacy for the European settlement of the west.

 

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