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St. Louis Union Station Opened 120 Years Ago Today

September 1, 2014 Downtown, Featured, History/Preservation, Transportation No Comments

The labor of many built the building that opened 120 tears ago today: St. Louis Union Station. This 1894 station replaced the original St. Louis Union Station, which was located six blocks east, at 12th & Poplar. The original had opened 19 years earlier, on June 1, 1875

The beauty of Carl Milles' work with Union Station in the background
The beauty of Carl Milles’ sculpture with Union Station in the background
Window detail inside the Grand Hall at Union Station
Window detail inside the Grand Hall at Union Station

After millions passed through this station over 80+ years it closed. In ruins it was the location of the fight scene from Escape from New York (1981).  Last Friday, August 29th, marked 29 years since Union Station reopened as a festival marketplace. Basically a mall under the train shed. New owner are replacing the failed mall with convention/meeting space to support the hotel. See StLouisUnionStation.com for more information.

Happy Labor Day!

— Steve Patterson


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