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Letter: Toasting and giving thanks for the 'Jewel of St. Louis'

Letter: Toasting and giving thanks for the 'Jewel of St. Louis'

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Sledding on Art Hill in Forest Park

A crowd gathered at Art Hill in Forest Park on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 to sled after yesterday's winter storm warning left up to nine inches of snow in some parts of the St. Louis area. Photo by Cheyenne Boone,

Here's a shoutout for Forest Park's 145th birthday Thursday. Opened in 1876, it was designed as a carriage park that boasted "a wonderful sight around every curve.” Thursday would be a good time to celebrate that "wonderful," which has been constantly expanded and has rightly earned the park's time-honored reputation as the Jewel of St. Louis. A jewel that is now guaranteed forever. So, cheers for one of the most beautiful parks in the world, and a special toast to the really wonderful use of a word everybody likes — free.

Fred Ruhrwien • St. Louis County

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