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1Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — A Fair Legacy: The Art Museum — History Underfoot: 1907
The Palace of Fine Arts was the only major pavilion at the 1904 World's Fair designed as a permanent structure. In 1907, St. Louis passed a tax to create the municipally supported City Art Museum. — Map (db m133303) HM
2Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — A Fair Legacy: The Jefferson Memorial — History Underfoot: 1913
The Jefferson Memorial home of the Missouri Historical Society stands on the site of the main entrance of the 1904 World's Fair. Constructed with funds from the fair, the building was the nation's first monument to Thomas Jefferson. — Map (db m133314) HM
3Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — A Fair Legacy: The Zoo — History Underfoot: 1913
The Smithsonian Institution constructed a great iron birdcage as part of its exhibits at the 1904 World's Fair. In 1913, after the Smithsonian had sold it to the city, the structure became the nucleus of the new St. Louis Zoo. — Map (db m139725) HM
4Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — Are Trees and Lawns Enough? — History Underfoot: 1911 - 1915
Parks Commissioner Dwight Davis thought that St. Louisans needed more opportunities for organized recreation. During his tenure, Davis built tennis courts, athletic fields, and a public golf course in Forest Park. — Map (db m139722) HM
5Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — Can Private Generosity Serve Public Good? — History Underfoot: 1957
The Steinberg Memorial Skating Rink, built in 1957 was the result of the largest private donation made in the park up to that time. Today, Forest Park Forever established in 1986 raises private funds for park improvements. — Map (db m133311) HM
6Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — Can the Past Tear Us Apart? — History Underfoot: 1914
Forest Park's most controversial monument was the Confederate Memorial, unveiled in 1914. St. Louis had been torn apart by the Civil War, and many residents objected to a commemoration of the secessionist cause. — Map (db m133304) HM
7Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — Can We Control Nature? — History Underfoot: 1929, 1931
Begun in 1929, the River des Peres Containment Project channeled the flood-prone river into enormous underground pipes. These tubes run east and south through the park point from a near Des Peres Avenue. — Map (db m139727) HM
8Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — Elegance and Beauty through the Years
The serpentine wall and Kiener Memorial Entrance to the Zoo were designed by William Bernoudy in 1966. William Bernoudy was a St. Louis-born architect who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s. He played a vital role in the . . . — Map (db m133326) HM
9Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — Follow the Missouri History Museum — Forest Park
The Missouri History Museum, originally built as the first national monument to Thomas Jefferson, engages visitors in the exciting history of St. Louis from its founding in 1764 up to the present day. Visitors of any age can enjoy a variety of . . . — Map (db m133308) HM
10Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — Frank P. Blair, Jr. — Born Feb'y 19, 1821 Died July 8, 1875
This monument is raised to commemorate the indomitable free-soil leader of the West; the herald and standard bearer of freedom in Missouri; the creator of the first volunteer Union army in the South; the Saviour of the state from secession; the . . . — Map (db m141261) HM
11Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — General Franz Sigel
To remind future generations of the heroism of the German-American patriots of St. Louis and vicinity in the Civil War of 1861 to 1865 General Franz Sigel — Map (db m124918) WM
12Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — Government Hill — #forestparkforever
This view of Government Hill is a piece of St. Louis history. The area and its features were established after the 1904 World's Fair, but fell into disrepair years later. Forest Park Forever partnered with the City of St. Louis to . . . — Map (db m139731) HM
13Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — Government Hill & The World's Fair Pavilion — A Landscape and a Heritage Restored — Forest Park —
The World's Fair Pavilion was built in 1909 with proceeds from the 1904 World's Fair held here in Forest Park. Government Hill's colorfully lit fountain and reflecting pool were added in 1930. While the entire area had fallen into disrepair by . . . — Map (db m139730) HM
14Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — How Do We Divide Our Land? — History Underfoot: 1785
In the late 1700's, St. Louis's Spanish government supplied settlers with grants of land in and around the colonial village. In 1785, Charles Gratiot received a huge tract of land that included much of today's Forest Park. — Map (db m139717) HM
15Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — How Do We Support Culture? — History Underfoot: 1971
Citizens of St. Louis City and County created joint taxing districts for the support of the Art Museum, Zoo, and the Museum of Science in 1971. In the 1980s, voters created new tax districts for the Botanical Garden and History Museum. — Map (db m133307) HM
16Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — How Do We Take Care of One Another? — History Underfoot: 1919
In 1919, the Red Cross and the City Parks Department opened a vacation village for families who could not afford to leave town on vacation. The village offered tents, playgrounds, a mess hall, and a first aid station. — Map (db m133313) HM
17Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — How Do We Understand the Past? — History Underfoot: 1901
The excavation of six Indian mounds during preparations for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition reminded St. Louisans that others had occupied Forest Park's land long before the city itself came into being. — Map (db m133302) HM
18Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — How Else Can a Park Serve Its Community? — History Underfoot: 1911-1950s
For over forty years, St. Louis police suspended the city's park curfew during summer heat waves. Many St. Louisans remember fondly the camaraderie of sleeping in Forest Park during those pre-air-conditioned days. — Map (db m133315) HM
19Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — How Should People Gain Access to Their Park? — History Underfoot: 1885
In the days before automobiles, St. Louisans depended on streetcars. The first streetcar line reached Forest Park in 1885. Within a decade, the park was drawing more than 2.5 million visitors per year. — Map (db m139720) HM
20Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — How Will We Open Our City to the World? — History Underfoot: 1904
In 1904, Forest Park was the site of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. More than 20 million people attended the World's Fair. Today, many St. Louisans still consider it one of the defining moments of their city's history. — Map (db m139721) HM
21Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — How Will We Renew the Park? — History Underfoot: 1995
Thousands of citizens contributed to the Forest Park Master Plan of 1995. Following two years of study, a mayoral committee crafted a plan to renew the park to balance the diverse needs of its users. — Map (db m139729) HM
22Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — Meet Me in St. Louis, Louie! — Loop Trolley — Missouri History Museum —
Since the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Forest Park has been a St. Louis treasure and top tourist destination. Known as the crown jewel of the Midwest, 13 million people visit the the 1,300-acre park each year. The park includes 170 acres of . . . — Map (db m133309) HM
23Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — River Des Peres Sewage and Drainage Works
[Top plaque:] The River Des Peres Sewage and Drainage Works extends 14 miles from the city limits northwest to Delmar and Skinker to the Mississippi River south of the city. Four miles of massive, enclosed reinforced concrete sewers . . . — Map (db m141182) HM
24Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — Saint Louis Art Museum — Forest Park
Forest Park was site of the 1904 World's Fair (Louisiana Purchase Exposition). The site where the Museum now stands was the highest point at the Fair, and the building was three times as large. After the Fair, the temporary wings were demolished. . . . — Map (db m141216) HM
25Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — Should Park Space Serve Other Uses? — History Underfoot: 1920
In 1920, city officials used park land to build a runway for the new St. Louis to Chicago airmail service. Although the service operated for less than one year, the area is still known as Aviation Field. — Map (db m139726) HM
26Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — The Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center — #forestparkforever
You're en route to a Forest Park icon — the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center, operated by Forest Park Forever in partnership with Explore St. Louis. Originally built in 1892 as the Lindell Pavilion Streetcar shelter, the . . . — Map (db m139718) HM
27Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — The Grand Basin — Heart of the 1904 World's Fair — Forest Park —
During the World's Fair, the Grand Basin and adjoining plaza provided the central scenic panorama for the event's 20 million attendees. On either side stood a dozen temporary — yet grand themselves — palaces built of plaster and wood. . . . — Map (db m133325) HM
28Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — The James S. McDonnell Planetarium of the Saint Louis Science Center — Forest Park
Since 1963 this iconic structure has been St. Louis' Gateway to the Stars to over 300,000 visitors a year. Established and first operated by the City of St. Louis, the Planetarium merged in 1984 with the Museum of Science & Natural History to become . . . — Map (db m141177) HM
29Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — The Jewel Box — Awe-Inspiring Beauty and an Engineering Feat — Forest Park —
When the Jewel Box was dedicated in 1936, crowds flocked to experience its magnificent Art Deco design. The structure's unique construction of cantilevered glass supported by arched steel beams also proved a ground-breaking (but not . . . — Map (db m139732) HM
30Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — The Muny — Forest Park
The Muny is America's oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre. Founded in 1919, our mission is to enrich lives by producing exceptional musical theatre, accessible to all. Generations have enjoyed everything from operettas and ballets to . . . — Map (db m141179) HM
31Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — The Original Lindell Pavilion — A Shelter for Millions of Streetcar Riders in the 1890s — Forest Park —
Lindell Railway Company opened the Lindell Pavilion as a shelter for visitors who took the streetcar to Forest Park for a day's relaxation away from the city. The building was remodelled in 1914 as a golf and tennis locker room and pro shop. . . . — Map (db m139719) HM
32Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — The Original Music Pagoda — A Concert House In Harmony With Nature — Forest Park —
Today's Nathan Frank Bandstand - a Classic in its Own Right Dedicated in 1925 and built with white marble and concrete with bronze rails and a copper roof, the Nathan Frank Bandstand - restored in 2000 - is still a Forest Park and St. . . . — Map (db m144817) HM
33Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — This is Everyone's Park. — History Underfoot: 1945
African American tennis great Richard A. Hudlin sued to compete in the 1945 city tennis championship. Today the Richard Hudlin Memorial Courts commemorate his efforts in opening the park to all. — Map (db m139728) HM
34Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — What's the Value of Open Space? — History Underfoot: 1936
At times, Forest Park's land has been valued for needs other than recreation. Both the 1936 Oakland Express Highway (today's I-64) and the 1959 Forest Park Expressway brought high speed traffic through the park. — Map (db m133305) HM
35Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — Where Do We Celebrate Our Rights? — History Underfoot: 1990s
Each summer, the Heartland Disability Rights March and Rally passes through Forest Park. This rally—the largest of its kind in the nation—commemorates the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. — Map (db m133306) HM
36Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — Where Do We Place Our Public Assets? — History Underfoot: 1872
The proposed site for Forest Park was a 40-minute carriage ride from downtown. To overcome public fears about the land's remote location, park planners guaranteed to make it accessible via inexpensive rail service. — Map (db m133317) HM
37Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — Where Will Children Play? — History Underfoot: 1906-1909
In the early 1900s, st. Louis had few public playgrounds. Civic reformers hoped that then Model Playground in Forest Park would give city children "a taste of the fresh, pure air of the country." — Map (db m133316) HM
38Missouri (St. Louis), Forest Park — World's Fair Pavilion
Though called the World's Fair Pavilion, this popular gathering spot was not built until 1909, five years after the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Designed by Henry Wright, the pavilion was presented to the citizens of St. Louis by the Fair . . . — Map (db m133327) HM
 
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