Forest Park

Written by Keith on September 19th, 2010

Butterfly on Lilac

Yesterday I went with a friend to Forest Park in St. Louis to meet a couple of friends who had driven down from Milwaukee to take in a couple of St. Louis Cardinal games. The reason to go to Forest Park was to see the annual Forest Park Balloon Race.

Unfortunately, my timing was a bit off, and we were there well before any of the balloon festivities began. So this provided an opportunity to explore a bit of Forest Park, and to look for photo opportunities in the park. Forest Park was established in 1874, located 2 miles west of the city of St. Louis, which required a 40-minute carriage ride for residents located in the city center.

The park was over 1,300 acres in size, mostly comprised of virgin forest land (hence the name of Forest Park). And the park retains much of its natural setting, as seen in this picture of a lilac flower to the right.

The World’s Fair in 1904 contributed a number of new facilities located within the park, including the World’s Fair Pavilion overlooking one of the numerous man-made lakes in the park.

Outside the Muny

In 1919, the city founded an municipal opera house in the park, establishing what is now known as the Muny. This man-made pond sits across from the main building, along a circular drive – providing some of the beauty and majesty that is everywhere within the park.

With plenty of time before the balloon festivities began, we took a leisurely walk around the park. Click here to see more pictures of Forest Park.

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