Suggested Reading List
St. Louis: Its Neighborhoods and Neighbors, Landmarks and Milestones
Author: Robert E. (editor) Hannon
Description: A comprehensive look at St. Louis and St. Louis County's neighborhoods and , its Landmarks and how the area has evolved over time.
Insider's Guide to St. Louis
Author: Dawne Massey
Description: With this guide, readers will get an inside perspective on St. Louis--the city's more than 170 parks, a thriving live music and local arts scene, an abundance of nightclubs and casinos, and world-class sports teams, not to mention the Gateway Arch. St. Louis is known for its abundance of fascinating and free visitor attractions, winning professional sports teams, authentic blues and jazz clubs, and many hundreds of neighborhood restaurants. This authoritative guide will show you how to explore Americas Gateway to the West.
St. Louis: The 1904 World's Fair
Author: Joe Sonderman, Mike Truax
Description: For seven months in 1904, St. Louis was the greatest city on earth. Millions flocked to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition to behold the inventions of the early 20th century. Many saw electric lights, automobiles, aircraft, and moving pictures for the first time. At a time when few traveled more than a couple miles from home, visitors encountered the people and cultures of faraway lands. It was an educational experience, a university of mankind. The Pike offered amusement rides, wild animal displays, and fanciful trips through the Hereafter and Creation exhibits. Fairgoers visited the Alps, the North Pole, Russia, and Paris and witnessed famous battles. Everyone wanted to ride the great Observation Wheel. There were hootchy-kootchy dancers and wonderful new foods, such as the ice-cream cone. But it was all temporary, a dream city made to last only a few months. With the exception of today's St. Louis Art Museum, the grand palaces are gone. St. Louis: The 1904 Worlds Fair tells the story of the greatest Victorian-era worlds fair since the lights of the fair faded over a century ago, while also examining the fairs legacies and legends.
St. Louis Then and Now
Author: Elizabeth McNulty
Description: Celebrating America's favorite cityscapes, this series combines historic interest and contemporary beauty. Then and Now features fascinating archival photographs contrasted with specially commissioned, full-color images of the same scene today. A visual lesson in the historic changes of our greatest urban landscapes.
Gateway Arch: An Architectural Dream
Author: Robert J. Moore Jr.
Description: This coffee-table sized book contains over 200 photographs (black/white and color), 23 essays and 16 oral history excerpts describing a memorial that not only captures the inspiring stories of our country's westward expansion, but is itself an incredible story of courage and innovative design.
Missouri Botanical Garden (Images of America: St. Louis)
Author: Todd E. Styles
Description: The Missouri Botanical Garden has grown from the dream of businessman and philanthropist Henry Shaw to a National Historic Landmark and a world-renowned center for science, conservation, education, and horticultural display. Enlisting the help of some of the most famous botanists of his time, Henry Shaw planted and opened the Garden to the public in 1859. The photographs in this book chronicle the dynamic history of the Missouri Botanical Garden and the men and women who have continued Shaw's legacy for over 150 years. The Garden today comprises 79 acres of magnificent horticultural display in south St. Louis, featuring a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, Henry Shaw's original estate home, and one of the world's largest collections of rare and endangered orchids.