St. Louis November 01, 2017
16 Photos That Show How Much St. Louis Has Changed… And How Much It Hasn’t
You may have heard the saying by Jean-Baptiste Karr: “the more things change the more they stay the same.” This certainly seems to ring true in these photos of life in St. Louis. We have seen great changes, with buildings being demolished or new roadways built to handle a growing city, but these photos spanning over 100 years show that some parts of life are very much the same. Albeit, with some different names in a new century.
These Goodyear hot air balloons are on display in a field in South St. Louis in 1919.
Today we have Great Forest Park Balloon Race, which is is amazing to watch!
The first balloon race was held in 1973 and featured six hot air balloons. Since then, the race has grown to one of the best attractions in St. Louis! An added bonus of the Great Forest Park Balloon Race is the Balloon Glow held the night before the race.
The Eads Bridge on a foggy morning in 1901.
Opening in 1874 to grand fanfare, the Eads Bridge was a much needed addition spanning the Mississippi River.
The Eads Bridge is still a beautiful architectural marvel today!
Steamboats navigate the St. Louis waterfront in this photo from 1903.
Steamboats were a vital part of St. Louis commerce and travel well into the 1900s.
Today the Gateway Arch greets those who pass through St. Louis.
Long gone are the days when steamboats were the quickest way to travel if you lived along the Mississippi River. Today, our steamboat trips are pleasurable sightseeing excursions, and the wooden homes and business have been replaced with steel and concrete buildings.
This impressive Howard Johnson's hotel complex once filled the area of 6929 South Lindbergh Road.
If you are old enough to have eaten at a Howard Johnson's, you are probably thinking of their fried clams right now!
A modern Holiday Inn, along with a J.C. Penny Home Store, a Wendy's Restaurant, and several other stores now share this corner of South County.
Passengers crowd the halls of Union Station in 1941.
The train depot at Union Station was one of the largest in the nation when it was built.
Today, Union Station is a beautiful hotel and restaurant.
St. Louis Union Station is a great example of redefining a space for a new age.
Art Hill has hosted many gatherings since the 1904 World's Fair.
This gathering of the Pageant and Masque in 1919 drew a huge crowd.
Art Hill is still a favorite gathering place today!
Many St. Louisans attended the Veiled Prophet Ball shown here in 1937.
While there still is a Veiled Prophet Ball, most people know the name from the V.P. Fair celebrations. Today, we have Fair St. Louis for our 4th of July celebrations downtown.
Fair St. Louis is one of the largest 4th of July celebrations in the country!
An interior photo of a turn-of-the-century grocery store in St. Louis.
This photo of A. Moll Groceries was taken between 1895 and 1910. The store was located near Delmar Boulevard north of DeBaliviere Avenue.
This photo of a modern Dierbergs looks pretty similar to the 1900s grocery store!
Order and cleanliness will always be a standard of a good grocery store. Some things will never change with the passing of time.
Do you have fond memories of St. Louis through the years? Share with us in the comments below!
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18 iconic St. Louis stores.