St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
A Century of Free Flight
The 1904 World's Fair Flight Cage is an integral part of the Zoo, past and present. It is also a structure worthy of merit: it remains one of the largest free flight aviaries in the world.
·The Flight Cage served as the centerpiece for the creation of the Saint Louis Zoo in 1913. Over the years, the aviary has been home to a number of bird species, many of them exotic. Today it provides habitat for native birds - those found in the swamps of Missouri.
·Following the Fair, the Smithsonian planned to move the Flight Cage to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. But the citizens of St. Louis rallied to keep the structure in Forest Park - and were clearly successful!
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1904.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Government Dr, Saint Louis MO 63110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elegance and Beauty through the Years (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Louis Zoo Friends Association (about 700 feet away); George Philip Vierheller (about 700 feet away); Why Are These Rocks Important? (about 700 feet away); World's Fair Pavilion (about 800 feet away); Historic Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Government Hill & The World's Fair Pavilion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Louis Zoo 2004: Gateway to the Animal World (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
Regarding A Century of Free Flight. While admission to the Saint Louis Zoo is free, some extras (parking, exhibits, etc.) are not. During the Covid-19 pandemic, reservations are required to visit the zoo.
Also see . . . Saint Louis Zoo (official website). (Submitted on December 30, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 30, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 30, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. 3. submitted on December 30, 2021. 4. submitted on December 30, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.