About St. Louis

St. Louis is located on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri in the Central United States. The land is near the site of the convergence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. The convergence of these rivers have historical significance that gives St. Louis a long and rich history.

St. Louis is physically situated in the ancestral lands of the Kiikaapoi, Miami, Osage, and Sioux peoples. The native Mississippian Culture built numerous temple and residential earthwork mounds on both sides of the Mississippi River. One of the largest North American Cities was centered in the region at the Cahokia Mounds. Cahokia was larger than London was in AD 1250. Learn more about the Cahokia Mounds by planning your visit during ACPA22.

St. Louis is home to Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis University and Washington University of St. Louis as well as Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals and National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues. Area attractions include the St. Louis Zoo and the Missouri Botanical Garden.

St. Louis Food Facts

Toasted Ravioli is a local favorite. Toasted ravioli is breaded, deep-fried pasta filled with meat or cheese that is sprinkled with parmesan cheese and marinara for dipping.

Frozen custard is a sweet treat for many. Frozen custard is similar to ice cream with a thicker, richer consistency.

Gooey Butter Cake is like a coffee cake with a sweet, custard top layer sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Barbecue is debated throughout the United States. In St. Louis it is all about BBQ pork steaks and St. Louis style ribs that are heavily sauced. The sauce is sweet, sticky, and tomato-based.

St. Louis Facts

The city was colonized in 1763 and has a European founding date of February 14, 1764.

Famous residents from St. Louis include Josephine Baker, Chuck Berry, Fred Berry, Nell Carter, Phyllis Diller, T.S. Eliot, Jon Hamm, Ernie and Ronald Isley, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mary Meachum, Ann Peebles, Evan Peters, Tina Turner, Tennessee Williams, and Shelley Winters to name a few. 

LGBTQ Friendly Neighborhoods include The Grove, Central West End (CWE), South Grand, The Loop, Soulard & Cherokee Street, Clayton, and Lafayette Square.

If you are attending ACPA22 with your family, some children friendly attractions include the City Museum, Riverboats, Grant’s Farm, Laumeier Sculpture Park, The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum, the National Blues Museum, and the St. Louis Aquarium.

Nothing says St. Louis like the Blues! Visit the St. Louis Blues Museum or any number of Blues Clubs throughout the city.