St. Louis is a lovely city, and we owe that all to its growth and expansion that stem from a number of intercultural influences over the years. Our city was founded in 1764 and named for Louis IX of France, a canonized saint that ruled his nation until 1270. St. Louis was originally a French fur trading post that would switch between French to Spanish rule until 1803, when the United States acquired the city through the Louisiana Purchase. A tremendous amount of history has accumulated in the city over the years, but its story is best chronicled by vintage photos.

The story of St. Louis is best told through photos, as many of its most moving moments were immortalized on film. Though we have changed dramatically over the years, the attitude of St. Louisans is as determined as ever.

For more ways to explore our fascinating past, check out these stunning historical landmarks right here in STL.

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