Laclede's Landing, St. Louis
The Gateway Arch viewed from the Landing
|Location||Roughly bounded by Washington, N. 3rd, Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., and the Mississippi River, St. Louis, Missouri|
|Area||22 acres (8.9 ha)|
|Architectural style||Late Victorian, Federal|
|NRHP Reference #||76002262|
|Added to NRHP||August 25, 1976|
Located just north of the Eads Bridge on the Mississippi Riverfront, the Landing is a multi-block collection of cobblestone streets and vintage brick-and-cast-iron warehouses dating from 1850 through 1900, now converted into shops, restaurants, and bars.
In 1763, a French merchant and former soldier of France named Pierre Laclède, along with his fourteen-year-old lieutenant Auguste Chouteau and a crew of 30, set out from New Orleans to explore the Illinois Country and establish a fur trading post. In 1764, Laclède chose the first elevated site below the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, along the terraced bluffs that formed the west bank of the Mississippi River, north of the River des Peres and south of the Missouri River. In 1784, the site was cleared and temporary cabins were built under the supervision of Auguste Chouteau. Pierre Laclède named the settlement St. Louis in honor of the patron saint of the king of France.
The village of St. Louis contained three long streets that ran parallel to the Mississippi River: La Grande Rue, now First Street; Rue de l'Eglise, now Second Street; and Rue des Granges, now Third Street and numerous short streets that crossed these, perpendicular to the river. Soon the village became the center of commerce with furs as the main source of exchange for goods.
Today, Laclède's Landing, a nine - block industrial area that once housed companies producing coffee, leather goods, mattresses, tobacco, whiskey, candy, and machinery for the barges, features some of the most distinctive restaurants and sidewalk cafes in Saint Louis. Visitors to Laclède's Landing can experience the charm of cobblestone streets and century old brick and cast iron facade buildings as they browse through specialty gift shops.
During the day, the historical district is also home to people who work at the many offices located on the edge of the Mississippi River. At night, horse-drawn carriages and live music add to the atmosphere of one of the premier entertainment areas in St. Louis. Nearby, sightseeing excursions and gaming boats offer additional choices for entertainment.
Attractions and accommodation
Laclède's Landing offers a multitude of places to eat, drink, and be entertained. The following businesses are part of Laclède's Landing:
- Big Bang
- Big Daddy's
- Drunken Fish
- Club Fusion
- Hannegan's Restaurant & Pub
- Joey B's on the Landing
- Morgan Street Brewery
- Old Spaghetti Factory
- Show-Me's on the Landing
- Subway Sandwiches & Salads
- Sundecker's Bar and Grill
- Dental Health Theatre
- Lumière Place (casino and hotels)
- Royal Dumpe Dinner Theatre
- Wax Museum
- Doctor John's
- Gibbol's Novelties and Costumes
- St. Louis Souvenirs
- Four Seasons Hotel
- Hampton Inn Gateway Arch
Laclède's landing has many cobblestone streets. It is adjacent to the Eads Bridge, and I-70 (I-70 does not run over the Eads Bridge). On the Eads Bridge there is the Arch-Laclede's Landing MetroLink Stop. Laclède's Landing also contains Metro's (the local transit agency) headquarters.
Big Muddy Blues Festival
The annual Crown Royal Big Muddy Blues Festival takes place over Labor Day weekend and features top national and local blues bands.
Past headliners include: Bobby "Blue" Bland, Henry Townsend, Bo Diddley, Mavis Staples, Johnnie Johnson, Ike Turner, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Fontella Bass, Oliver Sain, Hubert Sumlin, Shemekia Copeland, Little Milton, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dr. John, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Joe Louis Walker, Roy Gaines, Sonny Landreth, and Ana Popovic!
This year's headliners include: Anothony Gomes, The Reverend Horton Heat, Walter Trout and David Clayton-Thomas from the American band "Blood, Sweat and Tears".
The Big Muddy Blues Festival has two satlitle stages on Lucas Ave and 2nd St. and The Veriozon Stage located on Morgan St and 2nd St. The Budwiser Mainstage is located on N. 1st Street and Lucas Ave. The festival is free and mostly appropriate for children of all ages!
More information about the Crown Royal's Big Muddy Blues Festival can be found at www.bigmuddybluesfestival.com
In Today's Culture
Alternative rock band Wilco references the Landing in "Heavy Metal Drummer", a song off the 2002 album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Although now based in Chicago, Wilco was initially based in St. Louis and cut their teeth in rock clubs in and around the landing. Frontman Jeff Tweedy grew up in nearby Belleville.
- "National Register of Historic Places - Nomination Form". Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
- Laclede's Landing Photographs collections at the University of Missouri–St. Louis
- Laclede's Landing, on a November morning in the late 1970s.