"A year later he is in Saint Louis"
Lithograph of St. Louis during the mid 19th century
Public DomainLithograph of St. Louis during the mid 19th century - Credit: Library of Congress

St. Louis is a city on the eastern border of Missouri.

Founded in 1764, St. Louis became a major port on the Mississippi River after the Louisiana Purchase. Immigrants from Ireland and Germany arrived in St. Louis in significant numbers starting in the 1840s, and the population of St. Louis grew from less than 20,000 in 1840, to 77,860 in 1850, to more than 160,000 by 1860.

Its population expanded further after the American Civil War, and by the late 19th century St. Louis had become the fourth-largest city in the United States.