St. Louis earned its title as the "Gateway to the West" from the wagon
trains departing from the city for Oregon, California, and other points
west. The Gateway Arch, built in 1965, is a monument to this
westward expansion of frontier America. St. Louis continues to be
a cultural center in the Midwest. While the city itself is home to
356,000 citizens, it is at the heart of a metropolitan area with a
population over 2.5 million. St. Louis is known for its
contributions to ragtime, jazz, and blues. Renowned composer Scott
Joplin wrote "The Entertainer" along with other well-known ragtime tunes
while living here. The Anheuser-Busch Brewery is just one of many
breweries begun in St. Louis by German immigrants in the mid 1800s,
whose skills most often lay in bricklaying or brewing beer. In 1904,
St. Louis became the first American city to host the Olympic
games. It continues in that tradition with its ten-time World Series
Champions, the St. Louis Cardinals, in Major League Baseball. The
franchise's most recent title came in 2006 in a new Busch Stadium.
Other professional sports teams represented here are the Blues (NHL) and
the Rams (NFL).
Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri
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• Jefferson National Expansion Memorial - Learn about this Missouri memorial at the official National Park Service site.
• Gateway Arch - Official Gateway Arch Riverfront website.
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