ST. Louis, Missouri The gateway to the west

Location

St. Louis, Missouri is located near the center of the United States. It is called "Crossroads of the U.S." due to the fact that it used to be a main factor in westward expansion. It was one of the first U.S. cities. St. Louis is the second largest city in Missouri. Carson City, the capital, is the largest city. One of the main attractions is the famous Gateway Arch. The Arch is located next to the Mississippi. In fact you can see the river from atop the Arch, along with a view into Busch Stadium, the cardinals baseball stadium.

St. Louis

Climate

St. Louis has an average temperature in July of 78 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes for a toasty summer. The hottest temperature recorded in St. Louis is 115 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter the temperature may very. The average temperature is 28 degrees Fahrenheit. It ranges from 40 degrees to the negatives though. Precipitation is a moderate 34 in. Overall the weather conditions in St. Louis is better than most places. St. Louis attracts many people due to its mild temperatures.

Snow in St. Louis

Facts

The St. Louis Arch is probably the main patriarch of the city. Spanning 630 feet the Arch is massive. It was put up to be a symbolic mark for western expansion. The Arch was finished on October 28, 1965. The Arch is open to tourists, and you can go inside it, and ride an elevator up to the top. St. Louis was also a main center for transportation due to the hefty amount of railroads with in the city. It also used to be a center for fur trade, considering the land was rich with raccoons.

St. Louis Arch at night

Culture

There are many museums throughout St. Louis, in which you can learn about the city. There are also music attractions such as concerts. Performing arts goes along with music attractions because some singers dance. Throughout St. Louis there are many churches, or places of worship. The Fox Theater is one of the major performing arts places in the world.

Fox Theater

Things to do

There is a 100-acre headquarters called Anheuser-Busch, and is known for it's Clydesdale horses. The St. Louis zoo holds more than 6,000 animals. Main Hall of Union Station Depot used to be busiest railroad hub in the world. Eads Bridge is the oldest major bridge on the Mississippi River. Laclede's landing is a landmark that used to be a trading post.

Anheuser-Busch

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