Note: This is one of the original “Facebook posts” from November, 2011. This was the first of my “history finds” that were posted on Facebook and eventually led to this creation of this blog. Back then, I went on a long bike ride in north St. Louis. I rode through Fairground Park and saw this structure. I was fascinated to learn later its original purpose and figured others would also like to know. That’s how this all got going. I have plans to expand on all of the original “Facebook” history finds in the near future. I’ll add more pictures, history, and hopefully a drink story. Hang tight for those.
I have been reading about St. Louis history quite a bit lately. I have also been driving/biking around to find interesting historical areas. I’m going to start posting some pics of the cool places I find, since I think more people need to know about historical shit and look at them through pretty photo app filters.
Recognize this? Drive north on Grand and you’ll pass Fairground Park, the location of St. Louis’s first zoo, founded in 1876. The zoo had a monkey house, a carnivore house and other attractions. This structure, the facade of the bear pits, is all that remains.