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A Glimpse into the Past: St. Louis in the 1860s through the Lens of History

In the 1860s, St. Louis was a major city located in the state of Missouri in the midwestern United States. It was a key transportation and commercial hub, with a population of around 160,000 people. The city was located along the Mississippi River and was a major stop on the Oregon and Santa Fe trails, which were used by settlers and traders traveling westward.

During the 1860s, St. Louis was also an important center of industry, with a range of manufacturing companies operating in the city, including breweries, ironworks, and cotton mills. The city was known for its production of iron and steel, which were used in the construction of buildings, bridges, and other infrastructure projects.

Despite its prosperity, St. Louis was also a divided city in the 1860s, with deep social and economic divides between different groups. Slavery was legal in Missouri, and the city was home to several slave traders and slave owners. There was also significant racial tension, as African Americans were often subject to discrimination and segregation.

The city was also affected by the Civil War, which began in 1861 and lasted until 1865. The city was located in a border state, which meant that it was technically part of the Union but had a significant number of pro-Confederate residents. As a result, the city was a center of political and cultural tension during the war. It was also the site of a number of military camps and training facilities, as well as a number of hospitals for wounded soldiers.

#1 Sternwheeler Kate Cassel, built 1854 and dismantled 1863.

Sternwheeler Kate Cassel, built 1854 and dismantled 1863.

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#2 The Eads Bridge, as it looks under construction in 1867.

The Eads Bridge, as it looks under construction in 1867.

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#3 Chouteau Mansion, 1869

Chouteau Mansion, 1869

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#4 US Military Railroad Locomotive Fred Leach, 1862

US Military Railroad Locomotive Fred Leach, 1862

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#5 US Military Railroad Locomotive 56, 1860

US Military Railroad Locomotive 56, 1860

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#6 ‘Traffic Jam’ in the Gay 1860s

'Traffic Jam' in the Gay 1860s

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#7 2nd and Market Streets, 1860

2nd and Market Streets, 1860

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#8 Chouteau and 15th Street, 1866

Chouteau and 15th Street, 1866

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#9 Bighorn, Montana, Cora, 1865

Bighorn, Montana, Cora, 1865

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#10 Lindell Hotel, 1865

Lindell Hotel, 1865

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#11 Steamer Burlington a levee, 1860

Steamer Burlington a levee, 1860

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#12 The Lindell Hotel at Eighth and Washington in 1867 bore it burned down that same year.

The Lindell Hotel at Eighth and Washington in 1867 bore it burned down that same year.

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#13 Embarkation of the Ninth Missouri Regiment, Colonel Kelton, at St. Louis, 1860

Embarkation of the Ninth Missouri Regiment, Colonel Kelton, at St. Louis, 1860

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#14 Steamers Cornelia and Waverly, St. Louis Levee about 1864.

Steamers Cornelia and Waverly, St. Louis Levee about 1864.

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#15 Illustration of loyal citizens of Missouri who were expelled from their homes and are on their way to St. Louis.

Illustration of loyal citizens of Missouri who were expelled from their homes and are on their way to St. Louis.

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#16 Traffic Jam’ in the Gay 1860s

Traffic Jam' in the Gay 1860s

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#17 Businesses along Fourth Street, 1867

Businesses along Fourth Street, 1867

Among those that are displayed are A.B. Sluder's, J.A. Scholten's Photography Gallery, What a Cap Manufacturer and Bierstadt's Last Work.

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Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.

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