Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Michael D. Murray
St. Louis was acquired by Thomas Jefferson as part of the Louisiana Purchase from the French government in 1803. The Lewis and Clark Expedition left St. Louis to explore the West the following year and later settled in the city after the completion of their mission. St. Louis elected trustees in 1808 and was incorporated the following year on, November 9, 1809. By the start of the next century St. Louis was the fourth largest city in the country and host of the historic 1904 World's Fair, backdrop for the 1944 Hollywood musical film, Meet Me in St. Louis . To appreciate St. Louis's historic status as an early national news leader, a visitor to today's “Gateway City” might want to first visit the historic “Old Courthouse” located downtown—the site of the famed Dred Scott Supreme Court pre-Civil War slavery decision, not far from the confluence of the Mississippi St. ...