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St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Aloe Plaza

The Meeting of the Waters

 
 
Aloe Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 21, 2012
1. Aloe Plaza Marker
Inscription.

This fountain by the sculptor Carl Milles symbolizes the union of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers · The two central figures represent the two great rivers while the lesser water creatures suggest the many tributaries and streams · Milles conceived the sculpture as embodiment of the freedom and primeval force of the waterways of the Great Mississippi Valley and he thought of the grouping as a marriage or festival celebrating the coming together of these great waters · The sculptor, Swedish born and a pupil of Rodin, was conscious that the fountain and plaza are a memorial to Louis P. Aloe (1869-1929) a civic figure and long time president of the Board of Alderman whose vision established the Gateway Mall.
 
Location. 38° 37.803′ N, 90° 12.459′ W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on Market Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1820 Market Street, Saint Louis MO 63103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Union Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); La Rue Missouri (approx. one mile away); Dred and Harriet Scott (approx. 1.1 miles away); Joseph Pulitzer
Aloe Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 21, 2012
2. Aloe Plaza Marker
At left center of photo, beyond the fountain and sculpture
(approx. 1.1 miles away); The Mississippi Valley Trust Company (approx. 1.1 miles away); Merchant Laclede Building (approx. 1.1 miles away); Basilica of Saint Louis, King (approx. 1.2 miles away); Rue de l’Eglise (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Louis.
 
Also see . . .
1. Aloe Plaza, St. Louis MO. (Submitted on December 29, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Carl Milles' Meeting of the Waters in Aloe Plaza. (Submitted on December 29, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Meeting of the Waters at Aloe Plaza (YouTube). (Submitted on December 29, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicCharity & Public WorkMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
The Meeting of the Waters Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 21, 2012
3. The Meeting of the Waters Sculpture
Union Station in background
The Meeting of the Waters Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 21, 2012
4. The Meeting of the Waters Sculpture
Fountain in front of Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri image. Click for full size.
By John Vachon, 1940
5. Fountain in front of Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri
This photo, from the Library of Congress' Farm Security Administration/Office of Wartime Information Collection, shows the Meeting of the Waters fountain sometime shortly after it was unveiled on May 11, 1940.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 460 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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