Before the Gateway Arch, there was The Apotheosis of St. Louis. Over at the blog of the Missouri Historical Society, public historian Adam Kloppe discusses when a statue of Louis IX stood watch over The Lou. Here is a taste:
The bronze Apotheosis of St. Louis statue was formally unveiled on October 4, 1906. That day, a crowd of 25,000 people gathered on Art Hill to witness a civic pride parade, hear speeches from local leaders, and get their first glimpse of the permanent statue.
Soon after the unveiling, images of the statue were all over the city. Many local businesses and sports teams (including the St. Louis Browns) featured a silhouette of King Louis IX on their logos, and the city itself incorporated the statue into its city flag in 1916.
Read the entire piece here.