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1900s St. Louis: 50+ Spectacular Photos Show How St. Louis, Missouri Looked At The Beginning Of 20th Century

The population of St. Louis at the beginning of the 20th century was over 500,000, and it was the fourth largest city in the U.S. The city was booming with rapid infrastructure and transportation development projects. The period culminated with the 1904 World’s Fair and 1904 Summer Olympics, held concurrently in St. Louis. More than 20 million people visited the fair during its seven-month run, immortalized in the song “Meet Me in St. Louie, Louie.” Below are some historical photographs showing towns, landmarks, markets, streets, shops, and everyday life of the People of St. Louis in the 1900s. Vote your favorites, and don’t forget to share.

#1 Grand Avenue Water Tower, 1915

Grand Avenue Water Tower, 1915

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#2 A boy on stilts stands in front of the produce stands in front of the F.J. Voepel Market, 1906

A boy on stilts stands in front of the produce stands in front of the F.J. Voepel Market, 1906

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#3 Seventh Street looking north towards Locust Street, ca. 1910s

Seventh Street looking north towards Locust Street, ca. 1910s

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#4 Spruce Street looking toward Second Street, ca. 1900s

Spruce Street looking toward Second Street, ca. 1900s

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#5 St. Nicholas Hotel, 407 North Eighth Street (northwest corner of Eighth and Locust Streets, also known as the Victoria Building), 1905

St. Nicholas Hotel, 407 North Eighth Street (northwest corner of Eighth and Locust Streets, also known as the Victoria Building), 1905

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#6 Washington Avenue looking east from Seventh Street, 1912

Washington Avenue looking east from Seventh Street, 1912

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#7 Charles Meder Grocery store at the corner of Ninteenth and Dodier Streets, ca. 1900s

Charles Meder Grocery store at the corner of Ninteenth and Dodier Streets, ca. 1900s

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#8 Delmar Boulevard from Kingshighway, 1914

Delmar Boulevard from Kingshighway, 1914

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#9 Lawton Street looking west to Beaumont, ca. 1910

Lawton Street looking west to Beaumont, ca. 1910

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#10 Missouri Athletic Club fire wreckage at the northwest corner of Fourth Street and Washington Avenue, 1914

Missouri Athletic Club fire wreckage at the northwest corner of Fourth Street and Washington Avenue, 1914

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#11 Mutoscope Parlor and Theatre on the northwest corner of Olive Street and Leonard Avenue, 1912

Mutoscope Parlor and Theatre on the northwest corner of Olive Street and Leonard Avenue, 1912

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#12 Olive Street looking toward Sarah Street. Photograph, ca. 1910

Olive Street looking toward Sarah Street. Photograph, ca. 1910

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#13 Sixth Street looking south from Lucas Avenue, 1906

Sixth Street looking south from Lucas Avenue, 1906

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#14 St. Louis Public Library at 1301 Olive Street, ca. 1910

St. Louis Public Library at 1301 Olive Street, ca. 1910

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#15 U.S. Mail Carriage parked on Olive Street near Grand Avenue, 1906

U.S. Mail Carriage parked on Olive Street near Grand Avenue, 1906

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#16 Union Station from Eighteenth and Market Streets, 1904

Union Station from Eighteenth and Market Streets, 1904

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#17 Washington Avenue west from Eighth Street, 1903

Washington Avenue west from Eighth Street, 1903

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#18 Washington Avenue west from Ninth Street, 1903

Washington Avenue west from Ninth Street, 1903

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#19 A man peers out of the window at Cole Brothers Lightning Rod Company at 316 S. Seventh Street, ca. 1900s

A man peers out of the window at Cole Brothers Lightning Rod Company at 316 S. Seventh Street, ca. 1900s

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#20 An empty cart for distributing beer in front of a bar on a street, ca. 1900s

An empty cart for distributing beer in front of a bar on a street, ca. 1900s

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#21 Broadway looking north from Keokuk Street, ca. 1900s

Broadway looking north from Keokuk Street, ca. 1900s

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#22 C.J. Reilly Horse Shoer shop at 308 North Leonard Avenue, 1906

C.J. Reilly Horse Shoer shop at 308 North Leonard Avenue, 1906

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#23 Carr Street north of Eleventh Street, ca. 1900s

Carr Street north of Eleventh Street, ca. 1900s

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#24 Colonel Frederick Dent Residence at the southwest corner of Fourth and Cerre Streets, 1915

Colonel Frederick Dent Residence at the southwest corner of Fourth and Cerre Streets, 1915

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#25 Construction of North Taylor Avenue at the intersection of Florissant Avenue, 1906

Construction of North Taylor Avenue at the intersection of Florissant Avenue, 1906

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#26 Grand Avenue and Olive Boulevard, south side, street under construction, 1907

Grand Avenue and Olive Boulevard, south side, street under construction, 1907

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#27 Gravois Road looking east at River des Peres, 1914

Gravois Road looking east at River des Peres, 1914

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#28 Group of men standing in front of the Globe Shaving Parlor at 1015 Carr Street, ca. 1910

Group of men standing in front of the Globe Shaving Parlor at 1015 Carr Street, ca. 1910

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#29 Horse-drawn cart stopped at the curb of a street in St.Louis, ca. 1900s

Horse-drawn cart stopped at the curb of a street in St.Louis, ca. 1900s

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#30 Intersection of Fifteenth Street and Franklin, looking northwest, ca. 1900s

Intersection of Fifteenth Street and Franklin, looking northwest, ca. 1900s

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#31 Intersection of Sixth and Walnut Streets, 1907

Intersection of Sixth and Walnut Streets, 1907

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#32 Market Street Grocery Company building, ca 1900s

Market Street Grocery Company building, ca 1900s

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#33 Mound City Buggy Company on east side of Broadway between Papin and Chouteau, ca. 1900s

Mound City Buggy Company on east side of Broadway between Papin and Chouteau, ca. 1900s

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#34 Nineteenth Street looking north from Dodier Street, 1900

Nineteenth Street looking north from Dodier Street, 1900

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#35 Nineteenth Street looking south across Morgan and Lucas Streets, ca. 1900s

Nineteenth Street looking south across Morgan and Lucas Streets, ca. 1900s

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#36 Northeast corner of Third Street and Lucas Avenue, ca. 1900s

Northeast corner of Third Street and Lucas Avenue, ca. 1900s

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#37 Northwest corner of Eighth and Pine Streets, 1910

Northwest corner of Eighth and Pine Streets, 1910

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#38 Pedestrians on the sidewalk near the intersection of Sixth and Locust Streets, ca. 1900s

Pedestrians on the sidewalk near the intersection of Sixth and Locust Streets, ca. 1900s

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#39 Pedestrians passing the F.W. Woolworth Company store at 413 N. Sixth Street and the Strand Theater box office, 1914

Pedestrians passing the F.W. Woolworth Company store at 413 N. Sixth Street and the Strand Theater box office, 1914

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#40 Sidewalk in front of 1006 Olive Street, ca. 1900s

Sidewalk in front of 1006 Olive Street, ca. 1900s

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#41 Sidewalk on Olive Street looking west from Seventh Street, ca. 1900s

Sidewalk on Olive Street looking west from Seventh Street, ca. 1900s

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#42 Sidewalk on the 3500 block of Olive Street, 1907

Sidewalk on the 3500 block of Olive Street, 1907

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#43 Sidewalk scene on a street in St. Louis, ca. 1900s

Sidewalk scene on a street in St. Louis, ca. 1900s

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#44 Snow Truck and Cleaning crew on the 2800 block of Chouteau Avenue, 1909

Snow Truck and Cleaning crew on the 2800 block of Chouteau Avenue, 1909

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#45 Southwest corner of Leonard Avenue and Locust Street, ca. 1900s

Southwest corner of Leonard Avenue and Locust Street, ca. 1900s

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#46 St. Louis City Hall, ca. 1900s

St. Louis City Hall, ca. 1900s

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#47 Store front window of a liquor store on Chouteau Avenue, ca. 1900s

Store front window of a liquor store on Chouteau Avenue, ca. 1900s

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#48 Store front window of M.E. Croak and Company Clothier on the southeast corner of Olive and Tenth Streets, 1904

Store front window of M.E. Croak and Company Clothier on the southeast corner of Olive and Tenth Streets, 1904

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#49 Store front windows for Fellhauer Brothers (August and Martin) Saloon at 3315 Olive Street, 1907

Store front windows for Fellhauer Brothers (August and Martin) Saloon at 3315 Olive Street, 1907

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#50 Street cleaner at work on Twelfth Street between Olive and Locust Streets, 1909

Street cleaner at work on Twelfth Street between Olive and Locust Streets, 1909

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#51 Street pavers at work on Compton Avenue north of Meramec, 1906

Street pavers at work on Compton Avenue north of Meramec, 1906

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#52 Street workers and carriages on a street in St. Louis, ca. 1900s

Street workers and carriages on a street in St. Louis, ca. 1900s

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#53 Street workers using a steam roller to repair Twelfth Street between Chestnut and Pine Streets, 1910

Street workers using a steam roller to repair Twelfth Street between Chestnut and Pine Streets, 1910

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#54 Talbot’s Hippodrome posters posted on buildings at 1123 – 1131 Market Street, ca. 1900s

Talbot's Hippodrome posters posted on buildings at 1123 - 1131 Market Street, ca. 1900s

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#55 Third Street, looking north to Chestnut Street, ca. 1900s

Third Street, looking north to Chestnut Street, ca. 1900s

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#56 Trorlicht, Duncker and Renard Carpet Company on Washington Avenue east of Third Street, 1904

Trorlicht, Duncker and Renard Carpet Company on Washington Avenue east of Third Street, 1904

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#57 Twelfth Street north of Market Street, 1909

Twelfth Street north of Market Street, 1909

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#58 Two girls standing in front of Henry Heier Undertaker and Embalmer shop at 3432 Shenandoah Street, 1906

Two girls standing in front of Henry Heier Undertaker and Embalmer shop at 3432 Shenandoah Street, 1906

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#59 Wash Street, between Eighteenth and Nineteenth Streets, ca. 1900s

Wash Street, between Eighteenth and Nineteenth Streets, ca. 1900s

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#60 Washington Avenue looking east from Seventh Street, ca. 1910

Washington Avenue looking east from Seventh Street, ca. 1910

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#61 Washington Avenue west from Seventh Street, ca. 1900

Washington Avenue west from Seventh Street, ca. 1900

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#62 Washington Avenue west from Sixth Street, 1906

Washington Avenue west from Sixth Street, 1906

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#63 Washington Street east from Tenth Street, 1905

Washington Street east from Tenth Street, 1905

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#64 Workers using a crane to tear up the road on Chestnut Street west of Ninth Street, 1914

Workers using a crane to tear up the road on Chestnut Street west of Ninth Street, 1914

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#65 Wrecked car parked outside of Neal O’Donnell’s Practical Horse Shoeing shop at 3148 Chouteau Avenue, 1906

Wrecked car parked outside of Neal O'Donnell's Practical Horse Shoeing shop at 3148 Chouteau Avenue, 1906

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#66 Broadway and Locust, southwest corner, 1909

Broadway and Locust, southwest corner, 1909

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