How well do you know the city you grew up in and / or the city you currently live in? For me, I was born and raised in St. Louis. It’s a city I love and, frankly, never plan to leave. In high school, I couldn’t wait to get out, and just as quickly, I came running back directly after college. Now as an adult and raising my baby here, I’ve grown to love it even more than before. Growing up and living in St. Louis now, I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about our city. At the same time, I feel like I’m constantly learning about it, as well!
When I began working with Phillips 66 on the 66 Reasons to Love St. Louis campaign, I discovered there’s actually quite a bit about St. Louis and numerous places within our city I never knew before. One of them being Cherokee Street. The other place I got to check out was the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. I went with a friend on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. I had no idea what we were going to do once we arrived besides walk across the bridge, so I did what I always do when I want to take a picture of somewhere cool:
I jumped for a picture! 😛
And then you know what came next…
It was actually really fun walking across this bridge, stopping to take pictures, and learning more about the history of St. Louis. Like this tidbit of information:
Route 66 changed the American landscape. One of the first highways in the USA, it was established in 1926 and connected Chicago and Los Angeles. The highway cut straight through the heart of St. Louis, down Gravois to Chippewa and Watson. Route 66 inspired many songs and a 1960’s television show, some of which was filmed here in St. Louis.
Where to go: Follow the Historic Route 66 signs to the Chain of Rocks Road. This section of the route is full of relics of the pre-interstate Route 66 heyday. You can bike or walk all the way across the Mississippi River spanning bridge to the Illinois side and admire the river views.
Did you know? Route 66 was realigned multiple times in St. Louis. The original river crossing was over the McKinley Bridge, later the MacArthur Bridge and finally the Chain of Rocks Bridge.
It was a lot of fun walking across the bridge, more than I imagined. There was a fair amount of people on it, too. It wasn’t crowded, but there were people running, biking, and strolling. It was pretty cool to be able to walk from Missouri to Illinois.
The opposite side of this sign said Illinois.
For those of you in St. Louis, you should do a little day adventure there. It’s definitely kid friendly and you can see the river on one side of the bridge and a highway on the other. There are clearly a lot of neat places to stop for photo opportunities:
Speaking of cars, Phillips 66 is giving one lucky St. Louisan a chance to win 66 Months of Free Gas + The Ultimate St. Louis Experience! Details HERE. It’s really easy to enter and involves posting a picture on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #STL66 and #Contest, then geotagging the official location to enter.
How amazing would it be to win 66 months of free gas?!?!
That’s how I would feel about it!
How well do you know your city?