Soulard typifies St. Louis. In this historic neighborhood, the original French character was absorbed and transformed by the many German immigrants who moved here in search of a new Rhineland. Among those moving here were the Anheuser and Busch families, whose collaborations spawned the renowned brewery that still bears their names (and has its North American headquarters in Soulard). This process of new cultures moving in and out of the area is what afforded St. Louis with so much early success. It is, after all, the “Gateway City”.
On the afternoon that Photo Flood Saint Louis visited Soulard, the neighborhood was in the midst of celebrating its annual Oktoberfest. It’s a great excuse to hit the red bricks and grab a beer in one of the abundant local watering holes or at the festival itself. The neighborhood also hosts Mardi Gras and a Bastille Day event.
Walking around Soulard, it is impossible to not feel the presence of its history. From the Soulard Farmers Market (which claims to be the oldest farmers market in the U.S.) to the red brick sidewalks, this is a neighborhood linked to the culmination of forces driving the region.
Our end point for Photo Flood 3 was Molly’s in Soulard, known as a bit of Bourbon Street in St. Louis. They were kind enough to reserve a large table for us even though they were packed for Oktoberfest, and we repaid the favor by eating tons of delicious food. The BBQ Shrimp and Fried Green Tomatoes are just amazing!