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January 13, 2021

25 Amazing Color Photos of St. Louis, Missouri in the Late 1940s and Early ’50s

St. Louis is the second-largest city in Missouri, and sits on the western bank of the Mississippi River, which forms the state line between Illinois and Missouri. The Missouri River merges with the Mississippi River 15 river miles north of Downtown St. Louis, forming the fourth-longest river system in the world.

Street scenes of St. Louis, Missouri from 1949 to 1951


Greater St. Louis is the largest metropolitan area in Missouri, second-largest in Illinois, seventh-largest in the Great Lakes Megalopolis, and the 22nd-largest in the United States.

Major research universities include Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis. The Washington University Medical Center in the Central West End neighborhood hosts an agglomeration of medical and pharmaceutical institutions, including Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Among the city's notable sights is the 630-foot (192 m) Gateway Arch in the downtown area. St. Louis is also home to the St. Louis Zoo, and the Missouri Botanical Garden, with the second-largest herbarium in North America.

These amazing color photos were taken by photographer Erwin Louis Ocker that show street scenes of St. Louis from 1949 to 1951.

Forest Park, Jewell Box, 1949

Forest Park, Lindell & Kingshighway Blvd., 1949

Forest Park, Shelter House & Gardens, 1949

Forest Park, Shelter House & Gardens, 1949

Fox Theatre and the Continental Life Building, Grand & Washington Avenue looking West. “Look for the Silver Lining” is playing at the Fox, 1949

Lindell & Grand Avenue looking West, 1949

Lindell Boulevard looking East, 1949

Looking South from Grand & Olive, 1949

Lucas Park, 13th Street & Locust Avenue. Shell Building, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis Public Library (Central), 1949

Moolah Temple of the Mystic Shrine, 1949

Municipal Auditorium and Memorial Plaza, 15th & Market Street, 1949

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church (demolished in 1986), 25th Street & University Ave., 1949

Saint Louis City Hall, 1949

St. John's Methodist Episcopal Church and Temple Israel, Kingshighway & Washington Blvd., 1949

St. Louis City Municipal Court, 12th & Market Street looking West, 1949

Tower Grove Park, 1949

Tower Grove Park, 1949

Entrance to Tower Grove Park, 1950

Forest Park, Easter at the Jewell Box, 1950

Forest Park, Formal Garden north of Shelter House, 1950

Forest Park, Garden near Shelter House, 1950

Henry Shaw's Tower Grove House & Mausoleum, 1950

Tower Grove Park after an ice storm, 1950

Tower Grove Park in winter, 1950

Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, 1951

(Photos © Erwin Louis Ocker)




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