Harrah's Casino has served as a safe haven. We found a nice campground close to the RV center; however, recent storm activity made us reconsider. The weather radio has been a god send; for example, night before last the alarms sounded three times. Only once did we have to seek shelter in the casino. Watching the local news reassured us the best decision had been made as the RV location was hit with a horrific storm toppling a Class C camper!
Early American history is EVERYWHERE! The St Louis area has been the perfect place for commerce, discovery, and adventure. Places are defined by their river locations-Missouri or Mississippi. The confluence of the two rivers is the single most influencing factor of St Louis' history from the fur traders of the 1700's, to the Lewis & Clark expedition of the 1800's, to the great influx of European immigrants, to the bustling boom town this area became.
St Louis area is home base to some of the largest public corporations in America including the National Weather Service Forecast Office! We have been touring three days now absorbing more information than an old mind can remember! Beginning in historic St Charles, first capitol of Missouri, we strolled the streets and riverside of the fully restored site. It was here westward settlers departed Boone Lick Trail to the Sante Fe and Oregon Trails.
Downtown of large metropolitan areas have a certain intrigue. St Louis is no exception. Iron ore was/is plentiful here; consequently, architectural style was completed with cast iron adornments. Having previously been to the Arch on vacation time, we checked out the old courthouse also run by the National Park Service. Historically, its claim to fame is the Dred Scott case regarding freedom from slavery.
Walking around town looking upward and eating lunch at the fabulous, Caleco's restaurant consummed our day. It seems we will continue to be St Louis guests so another trip downtown is on itinerary.