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  • 09/18/19--10:31: Volunteer Fire Dept.
  • St. Louis, Missouri.
    The early Carondelet Fire Department was made of volunteers who travelled with their equipment on a horse drawn carriage. Water was supplied by wells dug along Michigan Ave.

    (Charity & Public Work) Includes location, directions, 4 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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    St. Louis, Missouri.
    Academic Hall, Washington University's first building completed on its original downtown campus, was located at or near this site when it opened for classes on September 8, 1856. The University moved to its current location . . .

    (Education) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 09/18/19--10:49: How Do We Divide Our Land?
  • St. Louis, Missouri.
    In the late 1700's, St. Louis's Spanish government supplied settlers with grants of land in and around the colonial village. In 1785, Chalres Gratiot received a huge tract of land that included much of today's Forest Park.

    (Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers) Includes location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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    St. Louis, Missouri.
    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 . . .

    (Notable Buildings • Parks & Recreational Areas • Railroads & Streetcars) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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    St. Louis, Missouri.
    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 . . .

    (Notable Buildings • Parks & Recreational Areas • Railroads & Streetcars) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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    St. Louis, Missouri.
    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.

    (Railroads & Streetcars) Includes location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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    St. Louis, Missouri.
    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.

    (Notable Events • Parks & Recreational Areas) Includes location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 09/18/19--12:35: Are Trees and Lawns Enough?
  • St. Louis, Missouri.
    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.

    (20th Century • Parks & Recreational Areas • Sports) Includes location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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    Halifax, Nova Scotia.
    English: This building, erected in 1860, provides a rare and early example of a full cast iron facade in Canada. Used in construction since the 1770s, cast iron had become a popular decorative material by the mid-19th . . .

    (Architecture • Industry & Commerce) Includes complete text, location, directions, 6 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 09/18/19--13:03: A Fair Legacy: The Zoo
  • St. Louis, Missouri.
    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.

    (Notable Places • Parks & Recreational Areas) Includes location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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    St. Louis, Missouri.
    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.

    (Air & Space • Communications • Parks & Recreational Areas) Includes location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 09/18/19--13:18: Can We Control Nature?
  • St. Louis, Missouri.
    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.

    (Charity & Public Work • Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels) Includes location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 09/18/19--13:23: This is Everyone's Park.
  • St. Louis, Missouri.
    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.

    (African Americans • Civil Rights • Parks & Recreational Areas • Sports) Includes location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 09/18/19--13:29: How Will We Renew the Park?
  • St. Louis, Missouri.
    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.

    (Parks & Recreational Areas) Includes location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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    St. Louis, Missouri.
    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 . . .

    (Man-Made Features • Notable Buildings • Parks & Recreational Areas) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 09/18/19--13:51: Government Hill
  • St. Louis, Missouri.
    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. . . .

    (Parks & Recreational Areas) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 09/18/19--14:00: The Jewel Box
  • St. Louis, Missouri.
    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 . . .

    (Architecture • Notable Buildings • Parks & Recreational Areas) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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    near St. Clair, Missouri.
    Extended employment sheltered workshop programs in America began in the state of Missouri, in the city of Sedalia in 1965, when a parent campaigned for a vocational program to better the life of his disabled child; who was . . .

    (Charity & Public Work • Education • Government • Roads & Vehicles) Includes complete text, location, directions, 1 photo, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 09/18/19--14:46: The White Oak of St. James
  • St. James, Missouri.
    [Captions on arrows out from the center of the wood:] 1860 City of St. James Established. Our Tree Sprouts. 1865 Civil War Ends! 1875 Maramec River forges [unreadable] 1880 [unreadable] is Born in St. James. [Unreadable] . . .

    (Agriculture • Politics • War, US Civil • Women) Includes complete text, location, directions, 3 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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  • 09/18/19--14:52: Scott's Drugs
  • Rolla, Missouri.
    "The Schuman Brothers erected a new building on the southwestern corner of Eighth and Pine streets in 1902. Briefly the home of the Central Drug Store, it was better known later as Scott's Drugs. For nearly seventy-five . . .

    (Industry & Commerce • Science & Medicine) Includes complete text, location, directions, 2 photos, GPS coordinates, map.

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