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Give a river some credit: In St. Louis, these are the oldest things west of the Mississippi

Give a river some credit: In St. Louis, these are the oldest things west of the Mississippi

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But if we can’t claim a first, we’ve found a workaround: the muddy Mississippi. Ever notice how we claim to be the first city west of the Mississippi River to do something?

It’s funny how that happens, especially when the river effectively eliminates the entire eastern half of the country from the competition.

In fact, the Gateway Arch, a monument to all possibilities west of the Mississippi River, looks like a giant, 630-foot loophole.

So raise your glasses, St. Louis, and learn how these things separate us from the rest...in the west.

--Valerie Schremp Hahn

Editor's note: a previous version of this story with information about golf courses has been deleted. 

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