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    (February 15, 1764- )
    Founded as a French trading post by Pierre Laclade Ligue (February 15, 1764)
    East side of Missouri on Mississippi River
    Near where the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers intersect
    Population of city around 348,000 (2000)
    Population of metro area around 2.6 million (2000)
    Home of baseball's St. Louis Cardinals, NFL's St. Louis Rams, and NHL's St. Louis Blues
    Famous for being the home of the Gateway Arch (630 feet tall) and Anheuser-Busch
    Named after King Louis IX of France
    Hosted Summer Olympic Games and St. Louis World's Fair (1904)
    Hosted 8th All Star Baseball Game, NL wins 4-0 (July 9, 1940)
    Hosted 15th All Star Baseball Game, AL wins 5-2 (July 13, 1948)
    Hosted 24th All Star Baseball Game, AL wins 6-5 (July 9, 1957)
    Hosted 37th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-1 (July 12, 1966)
    Hosted 23rd NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 4-1 (January 20, 1970)
    Hosted 39th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-5 (OT) (February 9, 1988)
    Hosted 20th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship (April 1, 2001)
    Home of the Gateway Arch (completed October 28, 1965)
    The city is a prime example of urban sprawl. It lost more than half of its population during the last half of the 20th century.
    It has a history of crime and segregation.
    It once had a baseball team and a football team both named the St. Louis Cardinals, creating confusion.
    It lost the NFL St. Louis Cardinals to Arizona and the NBA St. Louis Hawks to Atlanta and took the Rams from Los Angeles.
    A tornado killed 85 people there (1927).
    Their American League team, the St. Louis Browns abandoned them for Baltimore (November 17, 1953).
    Their NHL's St Louis Eagles folded (October 15, 1935)
    In 1944 the St. Louis Browns won their only pennant, but lost to rivals St. Louis Cardinals in the world series.
    They had a riot at Guns N' Roses concert (July 2, 1991). Ten days later, Axl Rose was arrested on charges of rioting.
    They suffered the first recorded shutout in pro baseball, Chicago 1, St Louis 0 (May 12, 1875)
    A tornado killed 255 and left thousands homeless (May 27, 1896)
    It was the location where the Lewis and Clark Expedition began and ended (1803-06).
    Because of its location near the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, it was a major stop for pioneers who moved from east to west.
    Many tourists come there to see the Gateway Arch, which has a unique way to get visitors to the top.
    The ice cream cone originated at the St. Louis World's Fair (1904).
    It hosted the first Olympic Games in North America.
    It has a rich tradition of blues music.
    It has several riverfront restaurants on its Mississippi banks.
    Home of the first Olympics in the Western hemisphere
    Linda Blair, Joe Garagiola, Marsha Mason, Maya Angelou, Vincent Price, Mark Linn-Baker, John Goodman, Al Hirschfield, Bert Convy, Betty Thomas, Marilyn Vos Savant, Earl Weaver, Ola Ray, T.S. Eliot, Chuck Berry, Doris Roberts and Betty Grable were born here.
    The first public US kindergarten opened here (August 26, 1873).
    St Louis' George W Bradley pitched baseball's first no-hitter, no-hitting Hartford (July 15, 1876).
    John B Meyenberg patented evaporated milk here (November 25, 1884).
    Their police were the first to use fingerprinting (October 28, 1904).
    They hosted the first women only bowling tournament (March 17, 1917).
    Charles Lindbergh made the first solo cross Atlantic plane flight aboard The Spirit of St Louis (July 1927).
    The first U.S. indoor glider flight was made in the St Louis Terminal Building (March 2, 1930)
    Focus of the Broadway play, movie and song 'Meet Me in St Louis'
    Home of Chuck Berry's amusement park, Berryland (July 31, 1961).

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