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International Fur Exchange

 
 
International Fur Exchange Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, October 22, 2019
1. International Fur Exchange Marker
Inscription.  This building is one of our few remaining links to St. Louis' fur trade that began with the city's founding in 1764.

The International Fur Exchange opened in 1920 and soon boasted "the world's largest raw fur exchange." Here farmers sold furs trapped in Southeast Missouri swamps to help their families survive the Great Depression. In the 1940s, eighty percent of the world's seal pelts were sold here including those from the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea. Beaver, fox and other animal pelts from the Rocky Mountains were also auctioned here.

The many large windows on the top floor ensured "unexcelled lighting" for buyers from all over the world who jammed the auction room to inspect and buy furs and make St. Louis the leading international fur market.

The last auction here was in 1956.
 
Erected by Discover Saint Louis.
 
Location. 38° 37.504′ N, 90° 11.325′ W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on South 4th Street just south of Market Street, on the right when traveling north
International Fur Exchange Building image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, October 22, 2019
2. International Fur Exchange Building
Marker is underneath the blue Angelo's sign on the building, which is mounted on the left of the building. Gateway Arch is in the background.
. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the International Fur Exchange Building at this address, near the northwest corner of the building, facing west toward 4th Street. The building now houses the Drury Plaza Hotel, as well as Angelo's Taverna. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 South 4th Street, Saint Louis MO 63102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sold on the Steps of Justice (within shouting distance of this marker); Dred and Harriet Scott (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln Slept Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Pulitzer (within shouting distance of this marker); KMOX (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Reach of the Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker); Rue des Granges (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 48 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 24, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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