Historic Places in the St. Louis Area

Thornhill in Faust Park Historic Village

What makes a building, structure or a location "historic"? For the purpose of our list, we had several questions we asked. Did the location or building have "history" happen there? Was the structure, location or building itself or the owner or resident of the structure, location or building important to St. Louis history? Has it been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and/or recognized as a St. Louis area "landmark"? Is it a museum of some time period, person or place that was important in St. Louis history?

Take for instance the Lincoln Douglas Square in Alton. It is a historic location because the last of seven debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas actually took place right there when both were campaigning for the same US Senate seat in 1858-history happened there! Forest Park might be historic because of its age, having been established in 1876, but it is also historic place because it is where the 1904 World's Fair took place. Examples of historic buildings or structures which are recognized landmarks include the Eugene Field House, or any of the three water towers, the Bissell Water Tower, the Compton Hill Water Tower or the Grand Water Tower, or the Faust Park Historic Village that is filled with historic buildings. Some historic museums are the Katherine Dunham Museum, the Missouri Civil War Museum, the Holocaust Museum, the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum and of course the Missouri History Museum. Below is a list that we have compiled. Enjoy!

Alton Museum of History and Art
Alton Museum of History and Art - The Alton Museum of History and Art showcases the art and history of the citizens of the Alton area. It is located on the SIU Dental School campus in Alton Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois, Museums
Alton National Cemetery
Alton National Cemetery - The Alton National Cemetery is located adjacent to the Alton Cemetery and is where Union soldiers who died at the Alton Hospital are buried. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. - More Info Tags: 62003, Alton Illinois
Anheuser-Busch
Anheuser-Busch Brewery - Anheuser-Busch Brewery is the historic brewery of Budweiser beer fame! It is located in the city of St. Louis, Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63118, City of St Louis Missouri
Arcadia Valley
Arcadia Valley - Arcadia Valley is made up of the three Missouri towns of Arcadia, Ironton and Pilot Knob. Elephant Rocks State Park, Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park and Fort Davidson State Historic Site are located with in Arcadia Valley. - More Info Tags:
Babler Memorial State Park
Babler Memorial State Park - Babler Memorial State Park is located in West St Louis County in Wildwood Missouri. Babler provides many opportunities for recreation. There are several hiking trails and camping sites that are available to organized groups within the park. - More Info Tags: 63005, Recreation, Wildwood Missouri
Beall Manison
Beall Mansion - The Beall Mansion is a historic mansion located in Alton, Illinois built in 1903 for Z.B. Job who was a railroad baron and entrepreneur. - More Info Tags: 62002, Alton Illinois
Bellefontaine Cemetery
Bellefontaine Cemetery - Bellefontaine Cemetery has many historically important people interred within its beautiful and peaceful 314 acres. Some of those buried there are Adolphus Busch, William Clark, James Eads, James S. McDonnell and many more. - More Info Tags: 63115, 63147, City of St Louis Missouri
Benton Park
Benton Park - Benton Park is St Louis' second oldest park and is located in the historic Benton Park Neighborhood in the city of St Louis Missouri. It features a fishing lake, tennis courts, picnic facilities, playground and more. - More Info Tags: 63118, City of St Louis Missouri
Bevo Mill
Bevo Mill St Louis - The Bevo Mill was built by August Busch Sr. in 1917. It was located halfway between his home, which is located at Grant's Farm, and the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Today the Bevo Mill has been restored and is perfect for wedding receptions, corporate meetings and special events. - More Info Tags: 63116, City of St Louis Missouri
Bissell Mansion - Mystery Dinner Theater
Bissell Mansion Dinner Theater - Information on the historic Bissell Mansion Dinner Theater which is located in the City of St. Louis Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63107, City of St Louis Missouri, Entertainment
Bissell Water Tower
Bissell Water Tower - The Bissell Water Tower was completed in 1886 and stands 194-feet tall. Being built in a Victorian architectural style, it is thought to have influenced some of the styles of the surrounding buildings. - More Info Tags: 63107, City of St Louis Missouri
Boone's Lick Road - The Boone's Lick Road was the original name for St Charles Rock Road that went from St Louis to a salt spring that Daniel Boone's sons developed in Franklin Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63102, 63301
Brooks Catsup Bottle
Brooks Catsup Bottle - The Brooks Catsup Bottle, located in Collinsville Illinois, is the world's largest Catsup Bottle! It was also named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. An annual festival is held in July. - More Info Tags: 62234, Collinsville Illinois
Cahokia Mounds
Cahokia Mounds - Cahokia Mounds is an early Mississippian civilization archeological treasure! It is located in Collinsville, Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62201, 62234, Collinsville Illinois, Attractions, Museums
Calvary Cemetery
Calvary Cemetery - The Calvary Cemetery is a historic Roman Catholic cemetery with many of the founders of the City of St. Louis interred there, including the Chouteau family. - More Info Tags: 63115, 63147, City of St Louis Missouri
Camp River Dubois
Camp River Dubois - The Camp River Dubois was the winter camp for Lewis and Clark before the expedition began. Featured there is a museum with exhibitions including a 55-foot full scale replica of the keel boat and a replica of Fort. - More Info Tags: 62048, Hartford Illinois, Museums
The Campbell House Museum
Campbell House Museum - The Campbell House Museum was once the home of prominent St. Louis businessman Robert Campbell and his family from 1854 to 1938. Today it is a St. Louis historic treasure and landmark and is located in downtown St. Louis Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63103, City of St Louis Missouri, Downtown St Louis, Museums
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis - The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis is a place of worship for the Catholics of St. Louis. It also has one of the largest collection of mosaics in the world making it a St. Louis attraction, as well. It is located in the Central West End Neighborhood in the city of St Louis Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63108, Attractions, Church, City of St Louis Missouri
Central Library-St Louis Public Library
Central Library-St Louis Public Library Headquarters - Central Library-St. Louis Public Library was built in 1901 and features stained glass and stenciled ceilings. It is the headquarters for the St. Louis City Public Library system and is located in the Downtown West Neighborhood of St. Louis Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63103, City of St Louis Missouri, Downtown St Louis
Chain of Rocks Bridge
Chain of Rocks Bridge-Route 66 Bikeway - The old Chain of Rocks Bridge, once the route of Historic Route 66, has been transformed into the Route 66 Bikeway that is a little over a 1 mile long paved trail on the bridge, crossing the Mississippi River and connecting the St. Louis Riverfront Trail with the MCT Confluence Trail (via Chain of Rocks Road) in Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62040, 63137, City of St Louis Missouri, Granite City Illinois, Recreation

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