St. Louis arch in the Flood of '93 in St. Louis

April 15, 1875

St. Louis streets seemed to be always muddy or dusty so plans were submitted to help with the problem. One plan involved suspending water pipes 20 feet above the streets and sprinkling the streets as needed.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.