Streets of St. Louis

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The streets of St. Louis, Missouri, USA, and the surrounding area of Greater St. Louis are under the jurisdiction of the City of St. Louis Street Department [1]. According to the Streets Division, there are 1,000-mile (1,600 km) of streets and 600-mile (970 km) of alleys within the city.

Streets of interest include:

Arsenal Street[edit]

Arsenal Street runs east-west in South St. Louis from Broadway near the neighborhoods of Marine Villa and Kosciusko bordering the Mississippi River to the River Des Peres in the Lindenwood Park neighborhood. The street got its name from the St. Louis Arsenal a military equipment storage depot on the east end of the street that is now used primarily for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Bates Street[edit]

Bates Street runs in a northwest-southeast direction from Gravois Avenue in the Bevo Mill and Holly Hills neighborhoods to South Broadway in the neighborhood of Carondelet. It is named after Frederick Bates the second governor of Missouri.

Biddle Street[edit]

Biddle Street runs east-west from the neighborhood of Near North Riverfront (near the Mississippi River) to 20th Street in the neighborhood of Carr Square in the west. Biddle Street was named after area landowners, Major Thomas Biddle and Mrs. Anne Biddle, the sister of Bryan Mullanphy the tenth mayor of St. Louis. It was previously called Willow Street.

Carr Street[edit]

Carr Street runs east-west in Downtown St. Louis from the Mississippi River to Jefferson Avenue, between the neighborhoods of Carr Square and JeffVanderLou. It is named after Judge William C. Carr, who in 1813 built the first brick dwelling in St Louis.[1] In 1822, Carr Street formed part of the northern boundary of the city.[2]

Chestnut Street[edit]

Chestnut Street runs east-west street in downtown St Louis and is the northern boundary of the Gateway Mall.

Originally "La Rue Missouri", it was one of the first named east to west streets in Colonial St. Louis. After the American takeover of the city in 1804 the name was changed to North "A" Street. In 1826, in a general planning scheme to name east-west streets after trees, it became "Chesnut". The spelling was altered to its current form "Chestnut" in 1893.

Chippewa Street[edit]

Chippewa Street runs east-west from the neighborhoods of Marine Villa, Gravois Park and Dutchtown to the neighborhoods of Lindenwood Park and St. Louis Hills. The street is named after the Chippewa people.

Cole Street[edit]

Cole Street runs east-west from near the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Jefferson Avenue in the neighborhoods of Grand Center and Midtown St. Louis, to North Broadway near Downtown St. Louis and the Near North Riverfront.

Cole Street was formerly called Wash Street up until some time in the early part of the 20th Century. Historic records indicate that the name change had occurred as the location of American Arithmometer Company (later the Burroughs Corporation), moved in 1900 from The LaSalle Building at 509 Olive Street to 1212 Wash Street. Today, 1212 Cole Street is the location of the employee parking lot for KDNL-TV.

Commercial Street[edit]

Commercial Street is a cobblestone street that runs north-south in Laclede's Landing near the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

Delor Street[edit]

Delor Street runs northwest-southeast from Kingshighway Boulevard in Princeton Heights, to Virginia Street in the neighborhoods of Mount Pleasant and Carondelet.

Named in honor of Clement Delor deTreget who founded the settlement which later became Carondelet, Missouri in 1767. Prior to 1893 a section was called Termination Street as it marked out the northern border of the Carondelet Commons.

Germania Street[edit]

Germania Street runs from the intersection near Hampton Avenue and Gravois Avenue along the River Des Peres in the neighborhood of Boulevard Heights to Alabama Street in the neighborhood of Patch. The name refers to a personification of the German nation.

Hall Street[edit]

Hall Street runs north-south in North St. Louis in the neighborhoods of Near North Riverfront and North Riverfront. Named after Edward Hall, a Missouri River ferry operator.

Itaska Street[edit]

Itaska Street runs from Ridgewood Avenue in the neighborhood of Bevo Mill to S. Broadway in the neighborhood of Mount Pleasant.

Though spelled with a "k" instead of a "c" it is named to commemorate Lake Itasca in Minnesota, the source of the Mississippi River.

Keokuk Street[edit]

Keokuk Street runs east-west from Marine Avenue in the Marine Villa neighborhood to the east to Meramec Street in the neighborhood of Dutchtown on the west. It is named for Keokuk a leader of the Sauk Native American people who refused to aid the British in the War of 1812.

Laclede Avenue[edit]

Laclede Avenue runs from east to west starting in Midtown, through the Central West End, and stopping at Forest Park. Laclede Avenue demarcates the official division line between north and south St. Louis. Named in honor of St. Louis' founder Pierre Laclede Liguest.

La Salle Street[edit]

La Salle Street runs east-west in the neighborhoods of Kosciusko, LaSalle Park, Lafayette Square, and Gate District. Named in recognition of René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle an explorer of the Mississippi Valley working for the French government to collect information about developing a French empire in the lands of North America. La Salle traveled down the Mississippi River past the future site of St. Louis in 1682.

Locust Street[edit]

Locust Street runs east-west from Downtown St. Louis to Grand Center and Midtown St. Louis.

Lynch Street[edit]

Lynch Street is the northern boundary of what was a long narrow strip of land in the Petit Prairie section of St. Louis common land named after William A. Lynch, who developed the area. The area was called Labadie and Lynch's Addition in 1856, and runs through Soulard, Benton Park, and Compton Hill.

Market Street[edit]

Market Street runs east-west from Memorial Drive by the grounds of the Gateway Arch to Compton Avenue in Midtown, where it becomes Forest Park Parkway. Downtown, it is the southern boundary of the Gateway Mall. Further west in Midtown, it is the southern boundary of Harris-Stowe State University. It is the main street in St. Louis for parades and public festivals.

Meramec Street[edit]

Meramec Street runs east-west from S. Broadway in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood near the Mississippi River to Chippewa Street in the neighborhoods of Tower Grove South and Dutchtown. Named for the Meramec River the name in turn comes from a Native American term referring to the range of catfish in the waters, and a more unusual fish species, the very large and ancient Paddlefish sometimes called a "Spoonbill Catfish" for its long and flat snout.

Miami Street[edit]

Miami Street has four separated east-west stretches. From the east, from Broadway in the Marine Villa neighborhood to the intersection of Grand Boulevard and Gravois Avenue in the Gravois Park neighborhood. Then it picks up again running east-west from Gustine Avenue to Bent Avenue. Next it runs east-west from Morganford Road to Tholozan Avenue. Finally, it runs east-west from Oleatha Avenue to Sublette Avenue in the Kingshighway Hills neighborhood. Miami Street was named for the Miami River and the Miami people of Ohio in the 1850s.

Nebraska Avenue[edit]

Nebraska Avenue runs north-south from Mt. Pleasant Street in the neighborhood of Mount Pleasant near the Mississippi River to Park Avenue in the Gate District neighborhood. The street was named for the new Nebraska Territory, for when the city street grid was expanded in the 1850s Nebraska was not yet a state. The name Nebraska itself comes from an Oto language word meaning "flat or spreading water" that was used to describe the Platte river, a tributary of the Missouri river and in turn the Mississippi.

O'Fallon Street[edit]

O'Fallon Street runs east-west from Laclede's Landing in Downtown St. Louis to Jefferson Avenue. The street was named after John O'Fallon a soldier, merchant, and later investor in and president of several early railroads built through St. Louis.

Oleatha Avenue[edit]

Oleatha Avenue has two east-west stretches, separated by rail tracks. It runs east-west from Gustine Avenue in the Tower Grove South neighborhood to Bent Avenue. Then it picks up again after the tracks, running west from Morgan Ford Road to Sublette Avenue in the Kingshighway Hills neighborhood.

Olive Street[edit]

Olive Street runs east-west from Downtown St. Louis to the northern part of the Central West End. In 1821 this road was first named "North C Street", in 1826 it was renamed after the hardy Mediterranean tree and its well known fruit, the olive. During the 1850s, the road's extension west of Eighteenth Street was called the Olive Street Plank road due to its wooden construction.

Palm Street[edit]

Palm Street runs north-south from the neighborhood of Near North Riverfront on the east to the intersection near Parnell Street and Natural Bridge Avenue in the west near the Hyde Park and St. Louis Place.

Papin Street[edit]

Papin Street runs from Downtown St. Louis to the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood.

Parnell Street[edit]

Parnell Street runs north-south in the neighborhood of St. Louis Place where it becomes Jefferson Avenue near south of the neighborhoods border. Parnell Street is named to honor Charles Stewart Parnell the prominent Irish parliamentarian, political leader, and supporter of Ireland's return to independence from England.

Pestalozzi Street[edit]

Pestalozzi runs east-west from Soulard through Benton Park and Tower Grove East to Tower Grove Park in the South Grand area. The street is named in honor of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi the Swiss educational reformer whose theory and practices influenced modern elementary education.

Pine Street[edit]

Pine Street runs east-west from Memorial Drive in Downtown St. Louis to Jefferson Avenue in Downtown West, where it turns into a service entrance at the Wells Fargo campus. It then runs for another block Beaumont Street and Leffingwell Avenue, before being interrupted again. Formerly, it connected to West Pine Boulevard in the Central West End (which runs from Vandeventer Avenue to Forest Park). Between Pine Street and West Pine Boulevard are the campuses of Harris-Stowe State University and Saint Louis University. The former path of Pine Street is preserved as the West Pine Mall, the major pedestrian route through the campus of Saint Louis University.

Salisbury Street[edit]

Salisbury Street is an east-west street in the Hyde Park neighborhood of St. Louis. It is named after James Salisbury, American civil war doctor, and the creator of the Salisbury steak as part of a diet intended to reduce the incidence of diarrhea among soldiers.

Sarah Street[edit]

Sarah Street is a major north-south street which runs from the Greater Ville neighborhood on Labadie Street to Vandeventer Avenue in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood.

The song "Down on Sarah Street", which refers to this street, is included on Otis Spann's album The Blues Is Where It's At.[3]

Sidney Street[edit]

Sidney Street runs from the neighborhood of Kosciusko and the Mississippi River to Grand Avenue near the neighborhoods of Compton Heights and Tower Grove East. Named after Sarah Sidney Carr Lane, the daughter of Dr. William Carr Lane the first mayor of St. Louis and a practicing physician.

St. Charles Street[edit]

St. Charles Street runs east-west in three segments in the Downtown, and Downtown West neighborhoods. It was formerly a continuous street, but has been interrupted by development. Its first segment is between Fourth Street and Broadway in where it is interrupted for three blocks by Stiffel, Nicolas and Co., the Merchandise Exchange Building, and the US Bank building, respectively. It appears again between Eighth Street and Ninth Street, where it runs alongside the Renaissance Hotel on the north and the Orpheum Theater and the Roberts Mayfair Hotel on the south. It is interrupted here by the parking garage for the Renaissance Hotel. St. Charles Street's final segment runs from 10th Street to Jefferson Avenue. The Mayfair Hotel is also notable for the creation of Mayfair salad dressing.

Despite being a named street, Saint Charles Street is little more than an alley. No buildings front onto it, and it is generally used for garbage pickup, parking and loading and unloading of goods.

Thomas Street[edit]

Thomas Street runs from the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Compton Avenue to Jefferson Avenue in the neighborhood of JeffVanderLou. It is named in memory of James S. Thomas the 19th mayor of St. Louis.

Utah Street[edit]

Utah Street runs east-west from S. Broadway in the neighborhood of Marine Villa west to the central neighborhood of Tower Grove South. The street commemorates the incorporation of the Utah Territory in 1850. The name Utah comes from the Ute people and a river of that same name documented by explorer John C. Fremont.

Walnut Street[edit]

Walnut Street runs from Memorial Drive on the east to Tucker Boulevard on the west.

Wyoming Street[edit]

Wyoming Street runs east-west from Lyon Park in the neighborhood of Kosciusko bordering the Mississippi River, to Alfred Avenue in the Tower Grove South neighborhood.

References[edit]

  • Charles C. Savage (1987), Architecture of the private streets of St. Louis 
  • A walk in the streets of St. Louis in 1845, 1928 
  • A. N. Milner (1898), General information: city streets St. Louis 
  • Cory Allan Davis (2005), On these very streets: the automobile and the urban environment in St. Louis 1920-1930, University of Missouri-Columbia 
  • Norman J. Johnston (1962), St. Louis and her private residential streets 
  • Street Lighting in St. Louis, Civic League Of Saint Louis, 1908 
  • Earl B. Morgan (1908), Street pavements in St. Louis 
  • William B. Magnan (1994), Streets of St. Louis: An Entertaining History of St. Louis Street Names 
  • Andrew D. Young, Ray Gehl, Mark D. Goldfeder (2002), Streets & streetcars of St. Louis: a sentimental journey 
  • Andrew Hurley (1999), Streets and neighborhood history: a handbook for researchers in St. Louis, St. Louis. Public Policy Research Centers 
  • Virginia Nester (1991), Streets of St. Louis, Mo: avenues through time 
  • Oscar Newman, Frank J. Wayno (1974), The privatization of streets in St. Louis: its effect on crime and community stability, National Science Foundation (U.S.) 
  • William H. Bryan (1894), The street railways of St. Louis 
  • McCune Gill (1920), The streets of St. Louis 

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