International Fur Exchange

International Fur Exchange (HM2M66)

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N 38° 37.504', W 90° 11.325'

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This building is one of our few remaining links to St. Louis' fur trade that began with the city's founding in 1764.

The International Fur Exchange opened in 1920 and soon boasted "the world's largest raw fur exchange." Here farmers sold furs trapped in Southeast Missouri swamps to help their families survive the Great Depression. In the 1940s, eighty percent of the world's seal pelts were sold here including those from the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea. Beaver, fox and other animal pelts from the Rocky Mountains were also auctioned here.

The many large windows on the top floor ensured "unexcelled lighting" for buyers from all over the world who jammed the auction room to inspect and buy furs and make St. Louis the leading international fur market.

The last auction here was in 1956.
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HM NumberHM2M66
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Date Added Thursday, October 24th, 2019 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 744732 N 4278920
Decimal Degrees38.62506667, -90.18875000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 37.504', W 90° 11.325'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 37' 30.24" N, 90° 11' 19.5" W
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