In the 1980s St. Louis was the 23rd largest city in the United States with a population of around 700,000. During this time, the city was a major industrial and transportation hub, with a diverse economy that included manufacturing, healthcare, education, and finance. The city was home to several Fortune 500 companies, including Monsanto, Anheuser-Busch, and Emerson Electric.
In the 1980s, St. Louis was also known for its vibrant arts and culture scene. The city was home to several major sports teams, including the St. Louis Cardinals (baseball) and the St. Louis Blues (hockey), and it hosted several major events, such as the World Series, the Stanley Cup Finals, and the Missouri Valley Conference basketball tournament.
The city’s arts and culture scene was thriving in the 1980s, with a number of museums, galleries, and performance venues. The St. Louis Art Museum, located in the city’s Forest Park, was home to a wide range of works of art, including European paintings, American and contemporary art, and decorative arts. The city was also home to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1880 and was one of the oldest and most respected symphonies in the United States.
However, like many other cities in the United States, St. Louis faced challenges in the 1980s, including racial tensions and economic struggles. The city had a history of segregation, and efforts to address these issues were ongoing during the decade. In addition, the loss of manufacturing jobs and the decline of the city’s industrial base had a negative impact on the local economy.
Despite these challenges, St. Louis remained a vibrant and diverse city in the 1980s, with a rich history and a strong sense of community. The city was home to a wide range of neighborhoods, each with its own unique character and culture.
Concrete supports stretch westward toward the Mississippi River as construction continues on the new Jefferson Barracks bridge being built north of Columbia. The bridge will replace the current structure and connect with the Interstate 270 bypass, which will extend to Interstate 55-70 at Collinsville.