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Origins

Cherokee-Lemp Historic District

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 23, 2019
1. Origins Marker
Inscription.  Before construction of Interstate 55 and of some of the large industries along the river, DeMenil Place offered an expansive view of the Mississippi River.

The Mississippi was the original interstate of the Midwest, cutting through otherwise impenetrable forests and foreboding prairies. Through New Orleans, it connected a fur trading post named St. Louis to the rest of the world. In 1767, three years after St. Louis was founded where the Gateway Arch now stands. Frenchman Clement De Lor de Treget established the farming village of Carondelet on the banks of the Mississippi. Carondelet was only five miles south of St. Louis, yet the only way to travel between the villages was by the Mississippi.

Eventually "The Road To Carondelet" tied the communities together. Later that road came to be called Carondelet Avenue, and at the turn of the 20th century, it was officially renamed South Broadway.

It was still known as Carondelet Avenue, however, when a line of the horse railway opened along it in 1864. The line carried commuters from the north end of the City south to Keokuk Street, with stops at the terminus of Cherokee
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 23, 2019
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Street. The horse railway and the relocation of the growing Lemp Brewery to Carondelet and Cherokee, spurred the development of Cherokee as a branch street radiating from Carondelet Road.
 
Erected 1999 by NiNi Harris. (Marker Number C.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraRailroads & StreetcarsRoads & VehiclesWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Missouri, St. Louis, The Cherokee-Lemp History Walk ⚜️ series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1767.
 
Location. 38° 35.533′ N, 90° 12.976′ W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is at the intersection of DeMenil Place and Cherokee Street, on the right when traveling north on DeMenil Place. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis MO 63118, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. DeMenil Mansion (a few steps from this marker); Cherokee Cave (a few steps from this marker); DeMenil Place During The Gay Nineties (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lemp Brewery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bungalow (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); This cake commemorates (about 400
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feet away); 3319 DeMenil Place (about 400 feet away); 3322 DeMenil Place (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 30, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 30, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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