Central West End in St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Born late 50's - Died late 60's
Charlie Becker-Joe and Charlie's Joe Scopolite-Joe and Charlie's Spider Burks-The Other Side Jack Carl-2 plain Sam Clark-Montileone's Ralph Montileone's-Montileone's Wade deWoskin-Port St. Louis Sam Dietsch-Golden Eagle George Edick-Roaring 20's Herb Glazier-Golden Eagle Jorge Martinez-Jorge's Frank Moskus-Moskus @ the Gaslight Jack Parker-O'Connell's Gayle Tibe-The Dark Side Charlie Wells-Tiger's Den
Bella Rosa Carriage House Cellar Door Columbus Corners Crystal Palace Everyman Coffee House The Dark Side Gaslight Bar Golden Eagle Jacks Or Better Joe & Charlie's Jorge's The Left Bank Smoky Joe's Grecian Terrace Your Father's Mustache The Red Carpet Kotobuki The Laughing Buddha
Richard Mutrux- Musical Arts Building Gaslight Bar Three Fountains Paul Mutrux- Three Fountains Jay, Fran & Fred Landesman- Crystal Palace Alex Bayou- Smoky Joe's Grecian Terrace Jimmy Massucci- Golden Eagle Opera House Vanity Fair
Seventeen-the boiled shrimp vendor Nelson Algren-"Walk on the Wild Side" Lil Sparber-The "Queen of Gaslight" Ernie Trova-renowned sculptor "Smoky Joe" Cunningham-the local celebrity Dick Draper-the "Mayor" Allen Ginsburg-the beat poet
THE LEGENDARY PERFORMERS
Lenny Bruce Phyllis Diller The Smothers Brothers Dick Gregory Nichols and May Stiller and Meara Alan Arkin George Carlin Jackie Leonard Professor Irwin Corey Paul Mazursky Miles Davis Gene Krupa and Judy Collins Gypsy Rose Lee Dakota Staton
Bob Dorough Jack Murdoch Tom Aldredge Marvin Miller George Maharis Joe Cusanelli Del Close Zane Kessler
Jules Blatter Davey Bold Marty Bronson Keisha Davis Ted Flicker Eddie Fritz Sam Gardner Lee Hyde Dolly Jonah Jeanne Kittrell Bob Kuban Fran Landesman Gene Lynn Prentice Minner Connie Morris Singleton Palmer Billy Peek St. Louis Ragtimers Mugsy Sprecher Jeter Thompson Trebor Tichenor Quartet Tres Bien Jeanne Trevor Carol Beth True Dave Venn Peanuts Whalum Mae Wheeler Josh White Robert Wild Tommy Wolf
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 38° 38.713′ N, 90° 14.907′ W. Marker is in Central West End in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is at the intersection of North Boyle Avenue and Olive Street, on the left on North Boyle Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Louis MO 63108, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pope John Paul II in St. Louis (approx. half a mile away); World's Largest Chess Piece (approx. 0.7 miles away); Frank P. Blair, Jr. (approx. 0.9 miles away); Walter Ong, S.J. (approx. one mile away); Claude Heithaus, S.J. (approx. one mile away); Leon R. Strauss (1928-1999) (approx. one mile away); Walsh Plaza (approx. one mile away); DuBourg Hall (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Central West End.
More about this marker. It is not known when this plaque or marker was put up. The plaque was re-arranged and re-painted in recent years
Regarding Gaslight Square. Gaslight Square got its name from the gas-lit street lamps (over 100 of them) that graced that section of the city. It was two blocks of several saloons, restaurants, shops, cabarets, etc. Originally it was to give the person a taste for old-fashioned, 1800s Victorian look but with a youthful feel. In addition to the personalities that were mentioned on the plaque, Gregg Allman (and his brother, Duane Allman, who would both later be famous for the Allman Brothers Band), Woody Allen and Jackie Mason were also performers at Gaslight Square. Starting in 1965, the good times at the Square were slowly coming to an end, as numerous factors including crime and urban decay would lead to its eventual demise. The last business, O'Connell's, would move out of Gaslight Square in 1972. The vacant buildings sat, decaying for decades, until 2005 when a real-estate development company announced the buildings would be torn down and replaced with residential living.
Also see . . . Living St. Louis - Gaslight Square episode (25 minutes) . This is a video providing a look at what was once St. Louis' thriving entertainment district from the 1950s to the late 1960s. Several personalities (business owners, performers, etc.) were interviewed for this piece, talking about memories of the Gaslight Square experience, and the rise and fall. This was an episode of "Living St. Louis" a local show on KETC (St. Louis PBS affiliate) (Submitted on September 9, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 9, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 9, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.