Fun Facts

The ice cream cone was invented at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 when an ice cream vendor ran out of cups and asked a waffle vendor to help by rolling up waffles to hold ice cream.

St. Louis offers more free, major visitor attractions than anyplace outside of the nation's capital. These include the Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Zoo, Cahokia Mounds, Museum of Westward Expansion, St. Louis Science Center, Missouri History Museum, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Grant's Farm and more.

The soft drink Dr Pepper was introduced at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis along with iced tead.  7-Up also was invented in St. Louis.

The Gateway Arch, at 630 feet, is the nation's tallest man-made monument.

Pork steaks were invented in St. Louis.

According to a tale, in 1947, a chef at Angelo's on The Hill (a neighborhood in the highest part of the City of St. Louis) accidentally dropped ravioli pasta into oil instead of water and Toasted Ravioli were invented".

St. Louisans consume more barbecue sauce per capita than any other city in America.

The tallest man in documented medical history was Robert Pershing Wadlow from St. Louis. He was 8 feet, 11.1 inches tall.

The first kindergarten in the nation was founded in St. Louis by Susan Blow.

The world’s first skyscraper was the Wainwright Building, located in St. Louis.

The first plane to successfully complete a transatlantic flight was “The Spirit of St. Louis,” flown by Charles Lindbergh.

The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows is the largest outdoor shrine in the country covering 200 acres.

Grant’s Farm is still the home of the 1856 log home hand-built by Ulysses S. Grant right before the Civil War broke out.

Cahokia Mounds was once the home of the largest prehistoric Indian city north of Mexico, dating back to 700 A.D.

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