City Scout: St. Louis

February in St. Louis: Indie bookstore opens, SLAM reopens, Mardi Gras time, and Steinberg Ice Rink's final weeks for skating.


Kids sledding on Art Hill. AdobeStock photo

January 5, 1905

This date in Missouri history: Employees taking down the World’s Fair in 1905 discovered the fine qualities of the snow-covered hill in front of what is now the St. Louis Art Museum. It proved to be a great place for toboggans. Today’s sledders look for every opportunity to use Art Hill for the same purpose.


WINTER FUN: THAT’S MY M-O.

Hi, friends. Mo here. If you're starting to get restless, you're not alone. Even if temperatures are dropping, you can always find your M-O in Missouri. Getting outside is one of the best ways to conquer cabin fever. Here are some of my favorite places for a wintry mix of fun and fresh air


Young girl views a hippopotamus at the St. Louis Zoo.

December 2, 1913

On this date in Missouri history: St. Louis Mayor Kiel signed an ordinance establishing a zoo in St. Louis in Forest Park. The idea was almost killed because of a lawn-mowing dispute.


Forest Park

April 16, 1917

Construction began on a permanent theater for the Municipal Opera in Forest Park, St. Louis. It was completed in just 49 days.


boats on the water at forest park in st louis

A Walk Through Missouri’s Largest Municipal Parks

Forest and Swope Park both rank among our nation's largest city parks by acreage, and both played important roles in the development of their communities.


Forest Park St. Louis

January 19, 1871

On this date, Hiram Leffingwell presented his plans for a huge city park west of Kingshighway in St. Louis.