10 things you probably didn’t know about St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – How much do you know about the Gateway to the West.  Here are 10 things you may not have learned in high school.

 

I can’t believe it’s not legal

Missouri’s “butter law” of 1895 outlawed yellow margarine. Those with the contraband dairy products can be fined $100 or put in jail for a month. There is a $500 fine for repeat offenders.  There was an effort to repeal the law in 2008.

Why do they call Missouri the “Show-Me-State”?

It all started when Missouri’s US Congressman, Willard Duncan Vandiver, popularized the saying during a speech in 1899. He declared, “I come from a state that raises corn and cotton, cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I’m from Missouri, and you have got to show me.”

The legend of Creve Coeur lake

Legend has it that an Indian princess fell in love with a French fur trapper and the love was not returned. According to the city’s website the princess jumped from a ledge overlooking Creve Coeur lake. The lake then took the shape of a broken heart.

That is one impressive mosaic

One of the largest mosaic collections in the western hemisphere is located in St. Louis. The Cathedral Basilica is the home to 100 million pieces of stone and glass in the artworks that line the interior.

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An Olympic first

The first African-American to win a medal in the Olympics did it in St. Louis. George Coleman Poage, a runner from the Milwaukee Athletic Club, won bronze medals in the 200 and 400 meter hurdles during the 1904 games. He stayed in St. Louis to teach at Sumner high school.

Why they called St. Louis, “Pain Court”

The original nickname for St. Louis translates to “Short of bread” in French. This is because of the lack of crops to support making staples like bread and flour.

The “Little Junto”

During the 1820’s Missouri did not have opposing political parties. Almost all adult white males were Republicans. The most powerful faction was made up of conservative lawyers and businessmen known as the, Little Junto, or St. Louis elite.

The Civil War and Saint Louis University

The University is the former home of Camp Jackson and the site of the first major Civil War-related action in Missouri. It was the only military action to take place within the city limits. The campus was named for General Frost, Commander of the Missouri Volunteer Militia. The militia was captured by federal forces on May 10, 1861.

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The White Cloud?

A fire on the steamboat “The White Cloud” in 1849 spread to 22 other boats and barges. The flames spread to buildings on shore and gutted several blocks of downtown St. Louis. The event became known as the “St. Louis Fire.”

Breaking the law by honking your horn

It is illegal to honk the horn of someone else’s car in University City. You better have your bill of sale handy if you need to toot.

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