The 1990s in St. Louis: A Photographic Journey Through a Decade of Social and Cultural Change

In the 1990s, St. Louis, Missouri continued to be a major industrial and transportation hub in the Midwestern United States. The city had a population of around 700,000, and it was home to several Fortune 500 companies, including Monsanto, Anheuser-Busch, and Emerson Electric.

During this time, St. Louis faced several economic challenges, as the city struggled to adapt to changes in the global economy. Many manufacturing jobs were lost, and the city’s industrial base declined. In an effort to revitalize the local economy, city leaders focused on attracting new businesses and tourists to the area. One of the major initiatives of this period was the development of the Gateway Mall, a large outdoor shopping and entertainment complex located in downtown St. Louis.

Despite these challenges, St. Louis remained a vibrant and diverse city in the 1990s, 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. The arts and culture scene was also thriving, 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.

Overall, the 1990s were a time of change and challenges for St. Louis, but the city continued to be an important center of culture and commerce.

#1 Busch Stadium II.

Busch Stadium II.

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 1999: Overall of Busch Stadium II taken during a game between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals in October 1999 in St. Louis, Missouri.

#2 Interior View of Union Station, St. Louis,

Interior View of Union Station, St. Louis,

Shoppers browse the many stores which make up part of Union Station in St. Louis.

#5 The Gast Brewery.1995

The Gast Brewery.1995

Gast St. Louis Brewing Co. operated a plant at 851 Hornsby Avenue. After a fire, it bottled beer in a plant in Highland, Ill. The brewery closed in the 1940s.

#6 Cape Girardeau (Model),1980

Cape Girardeau (Model),1980

"Cape Girardeau" Model by Ernest Arenz on display at Golden Eagle River Museum 1987-1990. Photo by R.V. Gerber.

#7 A moving van, part of a convoy of trucks carrying,

A moving van, part of a convoy of trucks carrying,

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 25: A moving van, part of a convoy of trucks carrying the equipment of the newly transplanted St. Louis Rams football team, breaks through a welcoming banner as the trucks arrive in St. Louis 26 June after their trip from the team's former Los Angeles home. The move of the Rams leaves Los Angeles with only one team, the Los Angeles Raiders, and they are intending to move back to their former home in Oakland, California. AFP PHOTO

#11 Interstate 44 East at Exit 289, Jefferson Ave exit, 1991

#17 A St. Louis MetroLink car at the Central West End station, 1993

#18 Flooded Chesterfield Airport, 1993

Flooded Chesterfield Airport, 1993

The depth of flood waters show the extent of the damage wreaked by the disaster. A total of 534 counties in nine states were declared for federal disaster aid. As a result of the floods, 168,340 people registered for federal assistance.

#19 A view of St. Louis Missouri, during the 1993 floods.

#21 Aerial view of St. Louis during the great flood, 1993

#22 Residents and volunteers work to fill sandbags in an effort to stop the flood from causing further damage, 1993

#24 House and Jazz Bistro in Grand Center, St. Louis, 1994

#27 Interstate 55 at Arsenal St exit – St. Louis, 1999

#28 Jefferson Ave exit approaching from Interstate 64, 1999

#29 Interstate 64, US 40 at Hanley Rd north exit, 1999

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