True Western Towns
Touring our #7 town of the year, from the Walk of Fame to U.S. Grant’s log cabin.
- Written by Joe Johnston
- Published April 16, 2012
1. See who’s who at the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
Among the bronze stars and biographies you’ll find Western cinema favorites Buddy Ebsen and Robert Duvall, fur trader Auguste Choteau, artist Charles Russell and explorer William Clark.
2. The heart of Forest Park is the Missouri History Museum. Check out the re-creation of William Clark’s office when he was Indian agent for the whole Louisiana Territory. In the gift shop, you can pick up authentic 1700s trade bead jewelry or a Lewis & Clark necktie.
3. A stroll across the park takes you to the Saint Louis Art Museum, with works by Frederic Remington and Georgia O’Keeffe. Enjoy Bierstadt’s landscapes, Bingham’s boatmen and Thomas Hart Benton’s lyrical pioneers.
4. Don’t miss the Campbell House Museum, built in 1851. It was the home of Robert Campbell, who went west with Jedediah Smith to trade for furs, participated in the first mountain man rendezvous and became a millionaire entrepreneur.
5. A few blocks east is Laclede’s Landing, where the city began as a trading post. The massive arches of Eads Bridge overlook Captains Return, a statue portraying Lewis & Clark’s homecoming. Among the 19th-century buildings is Morgan Street Brewery, where you can try the Brewski (a five-beer sampler). Or go to Sundeckers for toasted ravioli, a St. Louis tradition.
6. In the shadow of the iconic Gateway Arch, you’ll find the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and the Museum of Westward Expansion, with its fabulous exhibits. Don’t miss the big-screen movie about Lewis and Clark.
7. The tour wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the...
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