St. Louis Importance in the Civil War, Part II

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     (This article is part two of a series about St. Louis importance in keeping Missouri out of the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War.)      General Sterling Price would replace Frost as Commander of the Missouri government militia.  Price did  not have much success at first.  When his forces were able to defeat the now General Nathaniel Lyon’s troops

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St. Louis’ Importance in the Civil War, Part I

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     St. Louis was vitally important to the Union because it kept Missouri from entering the conflict and seceding from the Union as a Confederate state.  St. Louisans accomplished this obstruction by maintaining control over the St. Louis Arsenal, by winning military objectives against state government troops and by providing men and supplies to Union forces.      General Ulysses S.

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Boss Butler and the St. Louis Machine

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     When it comes to machine politics and organized crime, Kansas City has always outshone St. Louis.  Kansas City’s Pendergast political machine helped land Harry S. Truman in the White House.  Kansas City was also home to several high-profile gangland shootings.  St. Louis’ last organized crime leader was arrested for playing cards.      We did have a Democratic

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Demolition and Rebirth in Lucas Heights

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     By the 1950s, most of Lucas Heights’ residential buildings in Midtown St. Louis were scheduled for demolition. Poor building construction from 1900 to 1905 in an area designated for black St. Louisans left the area collapsing a mere 50 years later.  The photo below,courtesy of the Mercantile Library at University of Missouri – Saint Louis, shows a building

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