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St. Louis Union Station

Once the largest and most beautiful railroad station in the country, Union Station is a National Historic Landmark. The magnificently restored train station is now a festive marketplace with 100 unique shops and restaurants and a Hyatt Regency Hotel. In the back, an open air shed where trains from all over the country once pulled in -- visitors can enjoy a lake complete with paddle boats available for rent.

Highlights:

"See the Station by Rail" is series of exhibits mounted on railings inside the Station which create a self-guided tour. By following the railing, visitors can enjoy an introduction to the rich history of this St. Louis landmark.

"I Remember When" is a collection of letters from former railroad employees, travelers and friends with stories about Union Station and how it touched their lives.

"Memories Memorabilia" is a collection of items given to the Station by former employees, travelers and friends. It includes Fred Harvey dolls, model trains and the china dishes from the original Terminal Rail Hotel. The collection, which ranges from the late 1800s to the mid-1960s, is housed in display cases throughout the Station.

Two model trains built 1 inch to the foot and 1.5 inches to the foot are on display in the Grand Hall Lounge.
The grandeur of the original lobby of the station is evident in its new life as the Grand Hall Lounge adjacent to the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The multiple arches, the ornate detail, the huge wall paintings of women holding torches that are actually lights and the stained glass windows with three Grecian women representing San Francisco, St. Louis and New York, the cities which had the largest train stations at the time Union Station was built are preserved in their original beauty.
Don't miss the Whispering Arch in the grand entrance to the main part of the station. Visitors can whisper secrets to each other across the entrance thanks to an architectural phenomenon.

Location:Downtown St. Louis on Market St. between 18th and 20th streets

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The sculpture titled Meeting of the Waters by Carl Milles commemorates St. Louis' location at the confluence of the two great American rivers - the Mississippi and the Missouri.
The sculpture titled Meeting of the Waters by Carl Milles commemorates St. Louis' location at the confluence of the two great American rivers - the Mississippi and the Missouri.

   
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