February 15, 2014
Happy 250th, St. Louis
Depending on how you read Monsieur Choteau's diary, the semiquincentennial of St. Louis' founding is either February 14th or 15th -- or maybe one of those two dates in March.
The folks at the Missouri History Museum, and local consensus, have settled on February 14th.
The Post-Dispatch has posted A Whirlwind Tour of St. Louis History in Photos (148 images).
M. Choteau clearing the site / Eads Bridge under construction / Current skyline.
Update: Maria Altman, a reporter for St. Louis Public Radio, tweets a link to this St. Louis trivia quiz: St. Louis At 250 What's What And Who's Who In St. Louis
Prior to the arrival of the French explorers, the St. Louis area was home to the Mississippians, Native Americans who had a very large settlement at Cahokia circa 600-1400. Cahokia is on the east bank of the Mississippi, directly across the river from St. Louis.
The Cahokians were mound builders and built mounds on both sides of the river. One of the old nicknames for St. Louis is Mound City and there are photos of a mound being demolished in the Post-Dispatch slideshow above.
Posted by joke du jour at February 15, 2014 10:01 AM
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