Nicknamed the "Gateway to the West" for its role in the westward expansion of the United States, Saint Louis gave the nickname in 1965 to the new Gateway Arch built as part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial; the Arch has become the iconic image of Saint Louis.
The city of Saint Louis was founded in 1764 just south of the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers by colonial French traders Pierre Laclede and Rene Auguste Chouteau, who named the settlement after King Louis IX of France.
The city of Saint Louis is located
( 172 km )
--- heading 87o (east) from Jefferson City.
At the time of the 2000 census, the city of Saint Louis had a population of 348,189 living in 147,076 households. The median age was 33.7 yrs.
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