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St. Louis - Fun Facts

St. Louis is...

  • where 7-Up was invented
  • where the ice cream cone was first invented
  • known for toasted ravioli, gooey butter cake, and provel cheese
  • where The 1904 World's Fair was held
  • the first American city to host the Olympics
  • formerly known as the largest shoe-manufacturing center in the world
  • popular for its St. Louis Zoo – one of the best in the country next to San Diego's zoo
  • proud to house the Missouri Botanical Gardens – among the top three botanical gardens in the world
  • where the very first kindergarten was founded in the U.S.
  • where the first interstate highway was built
  • home to Saint Louis University – the oldest university west of the Mississippi
  • home to the largest beer-producing plant in the nation – Anheuser-Busch
  • where the tallest monument in the U.S. (630 ft. tall) was built – known as The Gateway Arch
  • the city that hosts the largest Mardis Gras celebration outside of New Orleans
  • known to consume more BBQ sauce per capita than any other American city
  • home-sweet-home to several celebrities:
    • Jack Dorsey (creator of Twitter and Square)
    • Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Track & Field Olympian)
    • Ozzie Smith (MLB Hall-of-Famer and former St. Louis Cardinals player)
    • Nelly (hip-hop artist)
    • Sheryl Crowe (9-time Grammy Award winner)
    • Maya Angelou (poet)
    • Vincent Price (actor)
    • Rusty Wallace (NASCAR Champion)
    • Russ Mitchell (news anchor on CBS' 'The Early Show')
    • Yogi Berra (19-year MLB player)
    • Kevin Kline (Academy Award-winning actor)
    • John Goodman (TV, film and stage actor)
    • Sarah Clarke (actress, 'Twilight')



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