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
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
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.