Benton Park, St. Louis
|St. Louis neighborhood|
Townhouses in Benton Park
Location of Benton Park within St. Louis
|• Total||0.48 sq mi (1.2 km2)|
|• Density||7,400/sq mi (2,800/km2)|
|ZIP code(s)||Parts of 63104, 63118|
Benton Park is a neighborhood in eastern St. Louis, Missouri, just west of the Soulard neighborhood. The official boundaries of the area are Gravois Avenue on the north, Cherokee Street on the south, I-55 on the east, and Jefferson Avenue on the west. Not to be confused with Benton Place, the first private street in America located in Lafayette Square, home to some of the finest families of St. Louis history.
The area now comprising Benton Park was first used as the City Cemetery. Those buried in the cemetery were relocated in 1865, and the neighborhood was created on June 25, 1866, by city ordinance. The neighborhood was later renamed after Thomas Hart Benton, the first U.S. Senator representing the people of Missouri. As the neighborhood grew, it attracted several breweries due to its location above a system of caves that were ideal for beer storage, or "lagering" in German, as many of the popular German styles require. The most noteworthy of these was the Lemp Brewery, which still stands today, although defunct.
In 2010 Benton Park's racial makeup was 68.2% White, 25.1% Black, 0.3% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 3.8% two or more races, and 1.2% some other race. 3.2% of the population was of Hispanic or Latino origin.
- Gus's Pretzels the local pretzel bakery, that has been open since 1920.
- Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, the non-profit & DIY performance space, art gallery, and community center, open since 1994.
- Census Summary By Neighborhoods
- Neighborhood Data Profile for Benton Park. Accessed 15 April 2008.
- History of St. Louis Neighborhoods - Benton Park. Accessed 17 April 2008.
- Living in Benton Park - About the History. Accessed 17 April 2008.[dead link]
- "National Register of Historic Places - Nomination Form" (PDF). Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
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