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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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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