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St. Louis


Missouri

Laclede's Landing, Historic Waterfront

Laclede's Landing, named for Pierre Laclede, St. Louis' French founder, is a vibrant entertainment district just north of the Gateway Arch along the Mississippi River. Once the hub of river trade where fur trappers rendezvoused, music now echoes off the Landing's cobblestone streets, and restaurants, music clubs and shops fill the former warehouses that once held tobacco, cotton and other products brought to St. Louis by steamboats. On the edge of the Landing, modern casinos recall a time when gambling boats plied the Mississippi.

If there's one place that conjures up images of St. Louis' river past, Laclede's Landing is it. Streets in the nine square block area of the Landing are the same as they were when Laclede laid them out in his original plan. Here cobblestone thoroughfares harken back to the time when St. Louis was a center of river commerce and conjure images of traders selling their furs, tobacco and cotton arriving on steam boats and paddle wheelers taking on and discharging passengers. In fact, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Landing was a busy area of manufacturing and commerce.

Today the Landing's preserved historic brick and iron façade buildings house some of St. Louis' best restaurants, exciting music clubs, the country's longest running dinner theatre, the unique Dental Health Theatre and the Laclede's Landing Wax Museum. At the foot of the landing is the President Casino, St. Louis' only downtown casino.

In addition to its role as an entertainment district, Laclede's Landing is a retail, commercial and office center. In fact, the Landing has the largest concentration of rehabbed office space between Chicago and New Orleans.
Steeped in St. Louis' river past, Laclede's Landing was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Location:
East of downtown and north of the Gateway Arch along the Mississippi River. The Landing is bounded by the Mississippi River, The Eads and Martin Luther King Bridges.

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Laclede’s Landing, a nine-block historic district along the Mississippi River, where music clubs, restaurants, and shops welcome visitors
Laclede’s Landing, a nine-block historic district along the Mississippi River, where music clubs, restaurants, and shops welcome visitors

   
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