Your Blogmeister’s Desk
This the new year of 2014 is the year that St. Louis turns a quarter millennium old. Officially the anniversary is observed on February 14, though the only thing historians are sure about is that the founding was in mid-February 1764.
We may not be 11,000 years old like Jericho, but 250 years still packs plenty of history. And like Jericho, St. Louis has been under the jurisdiction of more than one real country, kingdom, principality or potentate in its 250 year history. First France, then Spain, then France again, the USA, and at least theoretically and temporarily the CSA, (though the city itself was always strongly pro-Union), then back to the USA.
Also, the modern day descendants of the two founders of St. Louis, Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau, still own a lot of the underlying real estate on top of which many Downtown skyscrapers currently stand. However, they have bought and sold those parcels among each other over the many many many years, because the one and only piece of real state in St. Louis that has never been sold by its original owner under the legal system of a white country is the land on which the Old Cathedral sits.