Flooding of the Meramec River

On December 6, 1982, over 10,000 homes were under water in the areas of Fenton and Pacific. The Meramec River was out of its banks and even closed Interstate 44 in St. Louis County. 

Lewis and Clark Camped by the Meramec River

On November 30, 1803, Lewis and Clark camped just north of the Meramec River in what is now St. Louis County.  

Marathon race led by Samuel Mellor during 1904 Summer Olympics

The Great Olympic Marathon debacle

On August 30, 1904, the Great Olympic Marathon debacle unfolds at the Summer Olympic Games in St. Louis, Mo.

Let the Olympic Games begin!

St. Louis really had the world’s attention during the summer of 1904 as it hosted not only the World’s Fair but also the Games of the III Olympiad. On August 29, 1904, the Olympics Games officially begin in St. Louis.

Old map of Missouri with explorer's compass.

October 1, 1812

The first meeting of the general assembly of the Missouri Territory took place, which named the five original counties: St. Louis, St. Charles, Sainte Genevieve, Cape Girardeau, and New Madrid.

Outdoor Wonders: 19 Conservation Areas

Explore these 19 conservation areas across the state.

May 29, 1974

Five people were killed by lightning in one day in St. Louis County. Four were Freshman girls at JFK High School in Manchester.

Tall buildings in st. louis in a black and white photo

August 22, 1876

On this date St. Louis City and County separated and became politically independent from each other.