“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Maplewood, Missouri Historical Markers

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By Jason Voigt, September 10, 2019
66 Park-In Theater Marker
Missouri (St. Louis County), Maplewood — 66 Park-In Theater 1947-1994 Crestwood, MO —
Not just movies attracted patrons to this open-air theatre advertising "cool breezes" before the advent of air-conditioning. Pony rides, a Ferris wheel and a trained bear cub served as amusements. "The 66" was dubbed "the passion pit" by local teens. — Map (db m139578) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), Maplewood — Chain Of Rocks Bridge 1929-1970
Chain Of Rocks Bridge 1929-1970 Saint Louis,MO Only a drop in scrap metal prices in the early 1970's saved this relic from demolition. The bridge brought high volumes of drivers across the Mississippi until the early 1960's. No longer . . . — Map (db m139688) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), Maplewood — Citizens National Bank 1915-Present Maplewood, MO —
Surviving the Great Depression and a fire, Citizens National Bank offered the first walk-up and drive-up window service in the Midwest. The bank has served as a model of corporate citizenship, providing invaluable support to the City of Maplewood. — Map (db m139671) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), Maplewood — Coral Court 1941-1993 Marlboroough, MO —
Rooms with private garages renting for four to eight hours at a time crystallized racy reputation of mythical proportions for this 77-room motor inn. The rate structure was created for tired truckers, but a more discreet clientele were attracted. — Map (db m139536) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), Maplewood — Empire Supply 1931-Present
Empire Supply 1931-Present Maplewood,MO

William Loomstein, a former Russian Czar guard who endured the Great Depression, started anew as a purveyor of paint and hardware the same year the Empire State Building opened. The 3rd generation . . . — Map (db m139670) HM

Missouri (St. Louis County), Maplewood — Fun Fair Park 1927-1977 Saint Louis, MO —
Originally eyed for the 1904 World's Fair, the area just west of the Chain of Rocks Bridge became a lively amusement park. Attractions included a hand-carved 46-horse carousel, "The Swooper" an oval-shaped Ferris wheel and "The Comet" roller coaster. — Map (db m139659) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), Maplewood — Jay B. Smith Funeral Home 1932-Present Maplewood, MO —
Originally Sarah Sutton Harrison's home (c.1890), the mansion was transformed into a funeral home by Jay B. Smith and purchased by John B. Hardy in 1967. The 2nd generation of the Hardy family remains at the helm as a devoted corporate citizen. — Map (db m139558) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), Maplewood — Kalb Electric 1909-Present Maplewood, MO —
Kalb Electric has been family-owned and operated for more than a century. Originally, the business provided electrical services and hardware. Since 1956, the company has sold lighting fixtures and lamp parts and offered repair services. — Map (db m139685) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), Maplewood — Katz Drug Store 1914-1971 Various Locations —
The neon cat sign was a prominent fixture that smiled down on many a traveler along Route 66. Pioneering the model for the mass market drug store, Katz held a significant place in Maplewood's historic landscape post-dating the original alignment era. — Map (db m139519) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), Maplewood — Saratoga Lanes 1916-Present Maplewood, MO —
The Saratoga Billiards & Bowling Alley is the oldest of its kind west of the Mississippi. An "upstair-zer", the 8-lane bowling alley has provided fun for generations of bowlers, pool players, travelers and socialites making it a treasured landmark. — Map (db m139579) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), Maplewood — Scheidt Hardware 1905-Present
Scheidt Hardware 1905-Present Maplewood,MO Emil and Rosa Scheidt began their business as Wohlwend Hardware. The current store was originally the Maplewood Theatre, c.1910. The sloping floor was leveled in 1916 and marks from the rows of . . . — Map (db m139687) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), Maplewood — Sunnen Products Company 1924-Present Maplewood, MO —
Joe Sunnen and his wife, Cornelia, sold valve tools from their truck with little more than a spirit to succeed. Today, the firm is the world's largest integrated precision bore sizing company and they played a key role in Maplewood's redevelopment. — Map (db m139522) HM
Missouri (St. Louis County), Maplewood — The Wedge 1893-1972 Maplewood, MO —
Built as an early turn-around for the horse-drawn trolley lines from St. Louis, the building saw many changes in its eight-decade existence. It later served as a grocery, a saloon and finally E.J. Tire Store (c. 1921) until its demolition. — Map (db m139518) HM

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