The 1880s in St. Louis: A Photographic Retrospection of the City's Development

In the 1880s, St. Louis had a population of 350,000 people. The city had a diverse economy, with a range of manufacturing companies operating in the city, including breweries, ironworks, and cotton mills. The city was also known for producing iron and steel, which were used to construct buildings, bridges, and other infrastructure projects.

In addition to its manufacturing industry, St. Louis was a major transportation hub, with the Mississippi River serving as a major artery for trade and transportation. The city was a key stop on the Oregon and Santa Fe trails used by settlers and traders traveling westward. It was also home to several steamboat companies, which provided transportation up and down the river.

St. Louis was a center of trade and commerce, with several banks, financial institutions, and other businesses operating in the city. The city was also home to a number of retail stores and restaurants, as well as a number of hotels and other services. Despite being a prosperous city, St. Louis in the 1880s had a lot of income inequality, with a few rich people and businesses having a ton of money and power. There were also big differences between different groups of people, especially when it came to race. African Americans in the city faced a lot of discrimination and segregation.

In the 1880s, St. Louis was also a center of political and cultural activity, with a number of newspapers, schools, and other institutions serving the city’s diverse population. The city was home to several cultural organizations, including theaters, libraries, and museums.

#2 The downtown home of the St. Louis philanthropist Henry Shaw, 1889

#3 Loading a Mississippi Steamer at East St. Louis, 1882

#5 The City of Baton Rouge was built at Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1881 for the St. Louis and New Orleans trade.

#6 Steamer MONTANA sunk in Missouri River at St. Charles, Missouri.

#7 Crowd of men with the steamer JESSE K. BELLE in background, 1880

#8 The St. Louis Exposition and Music Hall at Olive and Fourteenth Street, 1880

#10 The J. E. Trudeau just after launching at the Howard Shipyards of Jeffersonville, Indiana for the New Orleans and Bayou trade.

#11 Annual Visit of the Vailed Prophets to St. Louis, 1880

#12 Side-wheel packet City of Baton Rouge, owned by the Anchor Line, 1880

#14 Cabin of the City of Baton Rouge, with workers leaning against the walls and tables set for meal service, 1880

#21 Looking north on Broadway from Nagel st. shows a local celebration of the Carondelet Germania Turn Verein, 1880s

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