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A Return Home to St. Louis

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A July 2002 trip to St. Louis by Coach Bear

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Photo, St. Louis, Missouri More Photos
Quote: One of life's pleasures is returning to one's home area after many years in absence. I took my wife to visit St. Louis and we had a great time.

A Return Home to St. Louis

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My wife had never been to St. Louis. I had not returned since 1984, so the opportunity to visit the area during the July 4th celebration was wonderful for us both. We visited the area and had many wonderful experiences. Highlights of our trip were the Anheuser-Busch Brewery tour, the Fair St. Louis, watching a Cardinal's game at Busch Stadium, a trip to the Missouri Botanical Gardens, and walking around Union Station. We were broiled by the sun for four days, but loved every minute. In fact, my wife is asking that I find a job in the area so that we can move there. That will be a change from the south (Georgia). This is a very "happening" city and area. Everyone should visit St. Louis....Read More

Anheuser-Busch Brewery

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Anheuser-Busch Brewery Photo, St. Louis, Missouri
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My wife had never been to St. Louis, much less the brewery, so I convinced her that we should take a tour. We drove to the brewery at a little past 9:00 a.m. We entered the new gift shop/museum/tour building and awaited the next tour. It wasn't long, since there are tours leaving every 15 minutes, 365 days per year. Our first stop along the tour was to the stables for the Clydesdale horses. We saw the trucks which transport the horses, the traditional harnesses, an old-fashioned beer delivery wagon, and (of course) the World-famous Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales, themselves. We spent about 10 minutes listening to the history of the horses and getting close to see them. Then, we were off to t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2002

Anheuser-Busch Brewery
13th St And Lynch St
St. Louis, Missouri 63118
+1 314 577 2333; +1

Missouri Botanical Garden

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Attraction | "Missouri Botanical Gardens"

Missouri Botanical Garden Photo, St. Louis, Missouri
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One of the truly historical and beautiful sights in St. Louis is the Missouri Botanical Gardens, also called Shaw's Garden. These are the gardens that Henry Shaw built in 1851 on his 1800 acre villa, called Tower Grove house. They have been world-famous since that time... a 150 year heritage. My wife, Anna, and I decided to visit on a hot July afternoon. Other than the heat, the visit was luxurious and beautiful. We toured most of the areas of the park during our walk. There were different styles of gardens in each of seven different sections (maybe I missed one or two sections). The water lily pond had varieties of flowers from all parts of the world. I didn't realize that there were s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2002

Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
(314) 577-9400

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

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Attraction | "Fair St. Louis 2002"

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Photo, St. Louis, Missouri
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The week of the Fourth of July brings about an annual celebration in St. Louis. People from all over the country come to be a part of the World's Largest Fourth of July Celebration. My wife and I were no exceptions this year. Each night brings a crowd between 1 million and two million people. I think that they estimated the crowd for this year's July 4 attendance to be in excess of 1.8 million. There was barely room to sit or walk. Held on the riverfront on the grounds of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Gateway Arch), a National Park, this festival was once a true part of the St. Louis heritage, entitled the Veiled Prophet Fair. This is a major tribute to the Armenian populace...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2002

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
11 N 4th St
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
(314) 655-1700

Gateway Arch

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Gateway Arch Photo, St. Louis, Missouri
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In celebration of 200 years as a city (1764 - 1964), the city of St. Louis (with the help of the National Park Service) finished the erection of the St. Louis Arch - The Gateway to the West, or The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (officially). When I lived in the area, I visited the Arch on several occassions. My wife, having never been in St. Louis, had never seen this monument, so we went to see this on July 4th, as a part of the Fair St. Louis celebration. This stainless steel structure has not changed much since 1968, when the trams to the top were opened, however, the museum downstairs and the exhibits have become better as the years progress. We entered the base of the Arch thr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2002

Gateway Arch
St. Louis Riverfront 707 North First St
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
(877) 982 1410

St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium

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St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium Photo, St. Louis, Missouri
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The St. Louis Cardinals have been a part of the National League for more than 100 years. Their history is storied... filled with numerous Hall-of-Fame performers and heroic sagas. I have been a fan of the Cardinals since 1963. My wife has begun listening to the games when we have the opportunity because she sees the great support the community has for the team. It is exciting to watch (and listen) to the Cardinals games. So, when we had the opportunity to visit Busch Stadium and see the Cardinals in person, we took full advantage of the situation. On July 4, we visited the Fair St. Louis, then extended our time in downtown St. Louis by watching the Cardinals play the Dodgers. What a thri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 15, 2002

St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium
250 Stadium Plaza (Busch Stadium)
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
314 421 3060