Historical Sites

This is a short list of some of the many historical sites around the St. Louis area:

Scott Joplin Historic House

An interpretive center of Joplin’s life and music. Located in midtown St. Louis. [http://www.mostateparks.com/scottjoplin.htm]

Gateway Arch

St. Louis’ signature attraction is now 40 years old.  Opened in 1965 to honor President Thomas Jefferson and his vision of a continental United States. [http://www.gatewayarch.com] 

Calvary Cemetery & Mausoleum

The final resting place of many native St. Louisans, one of the largest cemeteries in the city. [http://www.greatriverroad.com/stlouis/calvary.htm]

Missouri History Museum

Located in Forest Park and FREE to visitors. [http://www.mohistory.org/]

Old Court House

Scene of the Dred Scott trial. Galleries depict the history of St. Louis from its French and Spanish roots to its role in westward expansion. [http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/9stlouis/9stlouis.htm]

Museum of Westward Expansion

Permanent exhibits on the Lewis & Clark expedition and pioneer St. Louis. [http://www.nps.gov/jeff/index.htm]

Lewis & Clark State Historic Site

Located close to where Lewis & Clark started their westward journey, this site now hosts events commemorating the bicentennial. [http://www.campdubois.com]

Lewis & Clark Boathouse

Hosted by the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, this nonprofit organization is dedicated to rediscovering the legacy of Lewis and Clark.  They promote education and the study of American history and heritage through discussions and living history demonstrations. [http://www.lewisandclark.net/museum.html]

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

The Gateway Arch Riverfront, highlighted by the majestic Gateway Arch, attracts more than four million guests each year. [http://www.gatewayarch.com/]

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Site of the remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico. [http://www.cahokiamounds.com/cahokia.html ]

Old Cathedral

St. Louis’ earliest church. The present structure is 172 years old and a national monument. Museum contains countless religious artifacts. [www.catholicforum.com/churches/140stlouis]

White Haven

The National Park Service interprets the life and family of Ulysses S. Grant at this 10acre site. [http://www.nps.gov/ulsg ]

Tower Grove House

On the grounds of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Henry Shaw’s Victorian country estate. [http://www.mobot.org/events/TGHreopening/TGHreopen.default.asp]

Jefferson Barracks Historic Park

Devoted to military history and recreation. Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant served here. [http://www.stlouisco.com/ParksandRecreation/ParkPages/JeffersonBarracks]

Eads Bridge

Built in 1874 by James Buchanan Eads as the first span across the Mississippi River at St. Louis and the first to use steel truss construction. Pedestrians and cyclists can cross the bridge for great views of the St. Louis skyline. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eads_Bridge]

Cupples House

In 1888, wealthy St. Louis entrepreneur Samuel Cupples commissioned the prominent architect Thomas Annan to design a mansion that would speak of Cupples’ business success.  The house exists today as one of the rare examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture in St. Louis. [ http://www.slu.edu/the_arts/cupples/]


The world headquarters for AnheuserBusch is in St. Louis.  The brewery, the largest of the AnheuserBusch breweries, was opened in 1852 and includes three buildings that are on the register of National Historic Landmarks.  Tours of the brewery are available.  [http://www.budweisertours.com]

Forest Park

At 500 acres larger than Central Park and a recent 100 million dollar facelift, this place is amazing!  Do not miss out on the multiple lakes, miles of trails, and countless FREE attractions. [http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/parks/forestpark/]

Campbell House Museum

Located in downtown St. Louis.  After a monumental fiveyear, $3 million restoration the museum now stands as one of the most accurately restored 19th Century buildings in America, reflecting the highVictorian opulence of the 1880s. [http://stlouis.missouri.org/501c/chm/]

Eugene Field House

The Eugene Field House & St. Louis Toy Museum was the boyhood home of Eugene Field, who is called the “Children’s Poet” and widely known as the “Father of the Personal Newspaper Column.” [ http://www.eugenefieldhouse.org/]

ChatillonDeMenil Mansion

Originally built in 1848 by Henri Chatillon and later updated in 1861, the ChatillonDeMenil Mansion features guided tours and the largest permanent collection of memorabilia from the 1904 World's Fair. [http://www.demenil.org/]