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St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Rue Royale

First Street

 

— Creole Colonial Corridor —

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, September 14, 2019
1. Rue Royale Marker
Inscription.   La Grande Rue, la Rue Principale or la Rue Royale ("Royal Street" or First Street) was considered "Main Street" of Colonial-era St. Louis. Residences and businesses that lined Rue Royale had the best locations for trade, and all of the leading families had their homes and stores along it. A cluster of homes for members of the Laclede and Chouteau families was was centrally located, just north of the Maxent, Laclede and Company buildings (principal trading post of the town) that lay between modern Market and Walnut Streets. This site was later rented by the Spanish Government to serve as an administrative center for the Territory of Louisiana. The territorial transfer to the United States also took place on the Rue Royale in 1804, at the corner of what later became First and Walnut Streets.

[Plaque translated into French:]
La Grande Rue, la Rue Principale ou la Rue Royale ("Royal Street" ou First Street) était la rue principale pendant la période coloniale de Saint-Louis. Résidences et entreprises qui bordaient la rue Royale étaient les mieux placées pour le commerce, et toutes le grandes
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By Devry Becker Jones, September 14, 2019
2. Rue Royale Marker
familles avaient leurs maisons et magasins le long de cette rue. Un ensemble de maisons pour les membres des familles Laclède et Chouteau était situé au centre, juste au nord des bâtiments Maxent, Laclède and Company (comptoir principal de la ville) qui se trouvait entre l'actuelle Market Street et Walnut Street. Ce site fut ensuite loué par le gouvernement espagnol et servit de centre administratif pour le territoire de la Louisiane. Le transfert des territoires aux États-Unis eut lieu également dans la rue Royale en 1804, à l'angle de ce qui est devenu plu tard First street et Walnut Street.

 
Location. 38° 37.794′ N, 90° 11.005′ W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is at the intersection of North 1st Street and Lucas Avenue, on the right when traveling south on North 1st Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 707 North 1st 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. Old Missouri Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Judge Coffee Bldg. (about 300 feet away); La Grande Rue (about 300 feet away); Rue de l’Eglise (about 300 feet away); The James B. Eads Bridge (about 400 feet away); Lewis and Clark and St. Louis Riverfront
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(about 500 feet away); Action and Reaction (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gateway to the West (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 17, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 77 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 17, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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