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The Boathouse & Post-Dispatch Lake

Boat Rides and Fond Memories for More Than a Century

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, April 22, 2021
1. The Boathouse & Post-Dispatch Lake Marker
Inscription.  Post-Dispatch Lake, named for an 1894 fundraising campaign by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, has long been the site of fond memories of boating and fishing for St. Louisans. Electric boats, introduced in 1930, were so popular that people sometimes waited until midnight for a chance to rent one from the Boathouse. At today's Boathouse, paddleboat rentals operate on leg power.

Still Making Memories

Renovated in 2003, today's Boathouse - reminiscent of Midwestern boathouse cottages from the early 20th century - offers dining, a bar and boat rentals year-round. Visit boathouseforestpark.com for details.

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The Boathouse and Post-Dispatch Lake are among dozens of significant landmarks, landscapes and natural areas restored and maintained through the public-private partnership of the City of St. Louis and Forest Park Forever.

Forest Park — one of the Great Public Spaces in America* — is St. Louis' big backyard. Home to extraordinary natural areas, restored historic landmarks, world-class cultural institutions, hundreds of species of wildlife and endless opportunities
The Boathouse & Post-Dispatch Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, April 22, 2021
2. The Boathouse & Post-Dispatch Lake Marker
Marker is in front of the Boathouse restaurant.
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for recreation and relaxation, the 1,371-acre Park attracts more than 13 million visitors each year.

* American Planning Association, 2013

While Forest Park fell into disrepair during the second half of the last century, a $100 million restoration campaign led by Forest Park Forever and the City of St. Louis initiated a magnificent new era for the Park. Today, Forest Park Forever and the City continue this partnership to restore, maintain and sustain this civic treasure, with more Master Plan restoration projects recently completed, underway and planned for the coming years.
 
Erected by City of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry; Forest Park Forever.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1894.
 
Location. 38° 38.408′ N, 90° 17.082′ W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker can be reached from Government Drive west of Pagoda Circle. Marker is in front of the Boathouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6101 Government Drive, Saint Louis MO 63112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Liberal Arts Bridge (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Post-Dispatch Lake (about 700 feet away); Government Hill & The World's Fair Pavilion
The Boathouse & Post-Dispatch Lake image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, April 22, 2021
3. The Boathouse & Post-Dispatch Lake
Back of the Boathouse restaurant, with paddle boats on the lake
(about 800 feet away); The Original Music Pagoda (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Muny (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Fair Legacy: The Zoo (approx. ¼ mile away); Are Trees and Lawns Enough? (approx. ¼ mile away); How Will We Open Our City to the World? (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
 
More about this marker. A map of Forest Park is on the other side of the marker.
 
Also see . . .  The Boathouse at Forest Park. Website for the Boathouse restaurant. (The link listed on the marker is not active.) (Submitted on April 24, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 24, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 24, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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