As many of you know, we will be camping until next week so you won't see much blogging from me! I wanted to take you sight seeing here in St. Louis so you can enjoy yourself while I am gone! This is just a few of the many sights to see! Pictures are from various sources and not mine!
First up, everyone recognizes St. Louis because of the Arch. This is an amazing structural piece that is the tallest national monument at 630 feet which is also the span of the legs at the bottom. The Arch sways a maximum of 18" (9" each way) in a 150 mph wind. The usual sway is 1/2". When you are inside at the top on a windy day, you can definitely feel it!
You can also see the top of the Old Courthouse and fireworks of course for the 4th of July! The courthouse was the scene of many rallies, speeches and several important trials, including the suit by Dred Scott for freedom from slavery and Suffragist Virginia Louisa Minor for the right to vote.
This next landmark I find to be the most beautiful. It is the historic Fox Theatre. William Fox of Fox Films, opened his theatre in 1929 after building it for just over $1MM. He lost everything in the great Stock Market Crash. It barely survived by being used for Kung Fu movies and concerts until it closed in 1978. 52 years after it was built, Leon and Mary Strauss restored it to it's glory for a little over $2MM! It is the most gorgeous building that pictures can not do justice!
This is a view if you were standing on the stage looking out! Gorgeous!
It wouldn't be St. Louis without those Cardinals and Busch Stadium. St. Louis is a baseball town and we love our Cardinals. The new stadium is wonderful, not sure it was worth all the money, but you can see well from every seat in the stadium! Look at the sea of RED! Go CARDS!
When I think of Cardinals, I think of Budweiser and the home of Anheuser Busch (we won't talk about the buyout by InBev). That leads me to my favorite, the Clydesdale! What a gorgeous horse! They stable them at Grant's Farm and these animals are so HUGE!
Here they are in all their beautiful glory pulling the Budweiser wagon!
Grant's Farm is 80 acres that Ulysses S. Grant and his new bride, Julia Dent, received from her family just southwest of St. Louis as a wedding gift. He built this cabin for his bride by himself.
I will end the tour with a view of the skyline from the Mississippi River. For those of us that grew up around here, that would be
"M I crooked letter, crooked letter, I, crooked letter, crooked letter, I, hump back, hump back, I!!!"
Sorry, some memories are just funny to me!! We would sing that in elementary school.
I hope you enjoyed the tour. I want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July! I will see you next week! Remember to thank our military for continuing our independence for this great country!