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N 38° 35.542', W 90° 12.978'

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Cherokee-Lemp Historic District

Before construction of Interstate 55 and of some of the large industries along the river, DeMenil Place offered an expansive view of the Mississippi River.

The Mississippi was the original interstate of the Midwest, cutting through otherwise impenetrable forests and foreboding prairies. Through New Orleans, it connected a fur trading post named St. Louis to the rest of the world. In 1767, three years after St. Louis was founded where the Gateway Arch now stands. Frenchman Clement De Lor de Treget established the farming village of Carondelet on the banks of the Mississippi. Carondelet was only five miles south of St. Louis, yet the only way to travel between the villages was by the Mississippi.

Eventually "The Road To Carondelet" tied the communities together. Later that road came to be called Carondelet Avenue, and at the turn of the 20th century, it was officially renamed South Broadway.

It was still known as Carondelet Avenue, however, when a line of the horse railway opened along it in 1864. The line carried commuters from the north end of the City south to Keokuk Street, with stops at the terminus of Cherokee Street. The horse railway and the relocation of the growing Lemp Brewery to Carondelet and Cherokee, spurred the development of Cherokee as a branch street radiating from Carondelet Road.
HM NumberHM2GC7
Year Placed1999
Placed ByNiNi Harris
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Date Added Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 742443 N 4275218
Decimal Degrees38.59236667, -90.21630000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 35.542', W 90° 12.978'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 35' 32.52" N, 90° 12' 58.68" W
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