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Mini-Flood 45: Lafayette Park

photograph by Libby Kimutis In 1851, Thornton Grimsley, a prominent saddlemaker and civic icon, successfully campaigned to establish the first, public park in St. Louis (and the first public park west of the Mississippi). The 30-acre green space was thereafter named Lafayette Park after a hero of both the...

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Photo Flood 10: Lafayette Square

Photo Flood 10: Lafayette Square

photograph by Jamie Kreher One of the city’s most distinctive neighborhoods, Lafayette Square has a varied and extremely interesting history. The park at its center is the oldest public park in St. Louis, and has been met with challenges ranging from bandits to tornados and cholera. The neighborhood is...

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