Photo Interlude: Gateway to the West
Updated: Sep 9, 2021
It's been a busy week, and I must confess I don't have a proper post ready to go. Instead, thought I'd share some photos from my brief business trip to St. Louis in September 2015. It was my first (and only) time in Missouri to date. Maybe I'm easily impressed, but I really enjoyed St. Louis - the city had a very solid feel to it, significant in American history and folklore. It seemed comfortable in its identity and place in the American cultural milieu. It was also bigger than I thought. Its city proper population of only 300,000 is but 1/10th of a metro area population closer to 3 million.
I didn't have a tremendous amount of time for sightseeing (sound familiar?) but was able to visit the Arch, take a tour of Busch Stadium, and even explore the neighborhoods a bit after my days of meetings. Hope you enjoy a selection of photos from this unheralded and underrated city in America's heartland.
This northwestern suburb of about 70,000 was my first stop in Missouri. Its photogenic streetscapes were enhanced by its rich Mississippi River-hugging location and Lewis and Clark history.
Before sharing my photos, please enjoy St. Louis' city flag, an absolute stunner and one of the best municipal flags in the U.S., hands down!
I hope you enjoyed a small photographic sample of my very short trip to the St. Louis area. Seeing and ascending to the top of the Gateway Arch was quite the experience. Downtown was a fine place to walk, but the neighborhoods were where St. Louis' character really shone for me. I'd love to make a return trip when I can devote more of my time to sightseeing.
Sometimes the best travel experiences occur in places that aren't seen as traditional "destinations." Perhaps these unheralded locales leave just as grand an impression because expectations are comparatively lower. Whatever the case, I'd wholeheartedly recommend St. Louis if you get the chance!