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East St. Louis, IL - Casino Queen RV Park - site 610

East St. Louis, IL - Casino Queen RV Park - site 610,...

East St. Louis, IL - Casino Queen RV Park - site 610,...

East St. Louis, IL - Casino Queen RV Park - site 610...

East St. Louis, IL - Casino Queen RV Park - site 610...

view of the Gateway Arch at dusk from the RV Park a...

Nashville, TN to East St. Louis, IL 0 - our route -...

Nashville, TN to East St. Louis, IL 1 - heading into the...

Nashville, TN to East St. Louis, IL 2 - LP Field, where...

Nashville, TN to East St. Louis, IL 3 - still in the...

Nashville, TN to East St. Louis, IL 4 - dogwoods are just...

Nashville, TN to East St. Louis, IL 5 - An old Ford...

Nashville, TN to East St. Louis, IL 6 - the Cumberland River...

Nashville, TN to East St. Louis, IL 7 - the Tennessee River...

Nashville, TN to East St. Louis, IL 8 - and more construction!!!!##@!

Nashville, TN to East St. Louis, IL 9 - the Ohio River...

Nashville, TN to East St. Louis, IL 10 - entering the Land...

Nashville, TN to East St. Louis, IL 11 - the Redbuds are...

Nashville, TN to East St. Louis, IL 12 - the St. Louis...

Nashville, TN to East St. Louis, IL 13 - headed across the...

Nashville, TN to East St. Louis, IL 14 - now in downtown...

Nashville, TN to East St. Louis, IL 15 - another redbud

Nashville, TN to East St. Louis, IL 16 - some more of...

Nashville, TN to East St. Louis, IL 16 - we've been in...

Bob riding a pony at the Carousel

Doris and Suzanne riding the Carousel

A pretty pink dogwood at Faust Park where the Carousel is located

Downtown St. Louis, MO

A pretty old building amongst many new skyscrapers

the dome of the Old Courthouse reflected in the windows of a...

a bottle refilling station in the Old Courthouse - we've never seen...

the Old Courthouse

the Gateway Arch - 630 feet high

some of the St. Louis skyline

the Old Courthouse as seen from the top of the Arch

Busch Stadium - no home game today

more of the St. Louis skyline with the Old Courthouse lower, left

I told you it was 630 feet!

The Casino Queen across the Mississippi River in Illinois with our RV...

there's the Mothership waiting on our return - third down on the...

the old Fox Theater quite a few blocks west of downtown

still in use

we came across this near the Fox Theater

this beautiful old cathedral was just down the street from the theater...

some pretty street signs in the St. Louis University area

the Catherdral Basilica, a beautiful structure

another view of the Basilica

the Angel of Harmony beside the Basilica

the unique building housing the Catholic Education center not far from the...

Laumeier Sculpture Park 1

Laumeier Sculpture Park 2

Laumeier Sculpture Park 3

Laumeier Sculpture Park 4 - a Dogwood just loaded with blooms

Laumeier Sculpture Park 5 - glad there was a person walking near...

Laumeier Sculpture Park 6

Laumeier Sculpture Park 7

Laumeier Sculpture Park 8

Laumeier Sculpture Park 9 - come on, you can't count this as...

Laumeier Sculpture Park 9

Laumeier Sculpture Park 11 - or this

Laumeier Sculpture Park 12

Laumeier Sculpture Park 13-this earth mover tire is contrasted to the small...

Laumeier Sculpture Park 14

Ulysses S. Grant NHS 1 - the old homestead - White Haven

Ulysses S. Grant NHS 2 - the front of the house

Ulysses S. Grant NHS 3 - the stable - half under ground


It was a long 336 miles from Nashville, TN to East St. Louis, IL under overcast skies but no rain. That was actually 13 miles farther than it should have been since I missed my turn and wound up crossing the Mississippi River into St. Louis, MO and it took 13 miles to get turned around and back to the Casino Queen. This was the first time our GPS, Sheila, had faltered on us. We were in an area making rapid turns from one highway to another and each one actually had several numbers(I-44, I55, US40, US15 and IL 3 for example). By the time she had pronounced all of the highway names for a turn we would already be at the next one and we missed it!

We are staying at the Casino Queen RV Park which is really in a great location to visit St.Louis, MO as it is right across the Mississippi River from the Gateway Arch and within a mile or two of three bridges crossing that river. It is probably the most expensive casino RV park we have stayed in but it's all about location, location, location. We have a long paved pull-through with gravel between the sites. It has 50 amps, water and sewer but all connections are at the back of the site so extra hoses are required. The satellite was an easy acquisition and the Verizon reception is good. WiFi is available for a fee but we are not sure how much since we carry our own.

Saturday we met an old Navy buddy, Bob, and his wife Suzanne for a few hours of delightful conversation and a great Italian meal. It had been over 40 years since we had seen Bob but he hadn't changed much just a wee bit older!!!

We stayed around the coach Sunday during a whole day of rain and just relaxed before heading into St. Louis Monday. While in St. Louis we visited the Gateway Arch and took the elevator to the top. The view from the top was exceptional and you can see for miles east and west through these tiny little windows.

We then went out of downtown a little ways to the Fox Theater, the Cathedral Basilica, the Laumeier Sculpture Park and the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site. That was a full day so we just stayed at the Mothership and rested on Tuesday, just enjoying the cool weather (mid 60s) and getting ready for our trip to Kansas City tomorrow.

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