25 Amazing Color Photos of St. Louis, Missouri in the Late 1940s and Early ’50s

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St. Louis is the second-largest city in Missouri, and sits on the western bank of the Mississippi River, which forms the state line between Illinois and Missouri. The Missouri River merges with the Mississippi River 15 river miles north of Downtown St. Louis, forming the fourth-longest river system in the world.

Street scenes of St. Louis, Missouri from 1949 to 1951

Greater St. Louis is the largest metropolitan area in Missouri, second-largest in Illinois, seventh-largest in the Great Lakes Megalopolis, and the 22nd-largest in the United States.

Major research universities include Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis. The Washington University Medical Center in the Central West End neighborhood hosts an agglomeration of medical and pharmaceutical institutions, including Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Among the city’s notable sights is the 630-foot (192 m) Gateway Arch in the downtown area. St. Louis is also home to the St. Louis Zoo, and the Missouri Botanical Garden, with the second-largest herbarium in North America.

These amazing color photos were taken by photographer Erwin Louis Ocker that show street scenes of St. Louis from 1949 to 1951.
Forest Park, Jewell Box, 1949

Forest Park, Lindell & Kingshighway Blvd., 1949

Forest Park, Shelter House & Gardens, 1949

Forest Park, Shelter House & Gardens, 1949

Fox Theatre and the Continental Life Building, Grand & Washington Avenue looking West. “Look for the Silver Lining” is playing at the Fox, 1949

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