Photo Flood 3: Soulard

photograph by Amanda Krebel

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.

photograph by Joshua Meyer

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.

photograph by Jason Gray

photograph by Joshua Meyer

photograph by Jason Gray

photograph by Jason Gray

photograph by Shannon Bailey

photograph by Shannon Bailey

photograph by Jeni Kulka

photograph by Joshua Meyer

photograph by Jason Gray

photograph by Jason Gray

photograph by Shannon Bailey

photograph by Sarah-Marie Land

photograph by Sarah-Marie Land

photograph by Amanda Krebel

photograph by Chris Naffziger

photograph by Jason Gray

photograph by Jeni Kulka

photograph by Shannon Bailey

The map:
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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!

pic (not one of ours- from Molly’s in Soulard’s Google+)

4 Comments
  1. […] by the vision of its German immigrants, many of who moved to the newly formed district from Soulard. The Germans were inspired by the large swathe of undeveloped land, which incidentally shared a […]

  2. […] predominantly German. Residents of the area could travel to masses in either Carondelet or Soulard, but as the population continued to bloom, it became readily apparent that a parish was needed […]

  3. […] Grant’s Farm and his work, Anheuser-Busch Brewery. No doubt, it is closer to the Brewery in Soulard, but there is some truth to the story. In 1914, Gravois became the first paved concrete highway in […]

  4. […] Farmers Market is a bit of both. On one hand, the Market appears like such a sturdy fixture of its neighborhood that it must have predated it, maybe even caused it. In reality, the building is young enough that […]

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