June 13, 1921

The famous bear pits at the St. Louis zoo were opened for public view on this day. The “rocks” were actually concrete cast from molds of the cliffs near Herculaneum.

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.

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