Lacledes Landing photo by Betty Moore

Experience St. Louis History at Laclede's Landing

In 1763, a French fur trapper named Pierre Laclède, along with Auguste Chouteau, set out from New Orleans to explore the Illinois Country to establish a trading post.

In 1764, he chose the west bank of the Mississippi River, north of the River des Peres and south of the Missouri River. In 1784, the site was cleared and temporary cabins were built. Laclede named the settlement St. Louis in honor of the patron saint of the king of France

The village of St. Louis contained three streets: La Grande Rue, now First Street; Rue d'Eglise, now Second Street; and Rue des Granges, now Third Street. Soon the village became the center of commerce with furs as the main source of exchange for goods

Today, Laclede's Landing, a nine - block industrial area that once housed companies producing coffee, leather goods, mattresses, tobacco, whiskey, candy and machinery for the barges, features some of the most unique restaurants and sidewalk cafes in Saint Louis. Visitors to Laclede's Landing can experience the charm of cobblestone streets and century old brick and cast iron facade buildings as they browse through specialty gift shops. During the day, the historical district is also home to people who work at the many offices located on the edge of the Mississippi River. At night, horse drawn carriages and live music add to the atmosphere of one of the premier entertainment areas in St. Louis. Nearby, sightseeing excursions on the MIssissippi River and casino offer additional choices for entertainment.

Directions: Laclede's Landing is located between I-70 and the Mississippi River and tucked comfortably between the landmark Eads Bridge and the Dr. Martin Luther King Bridge, just north of the Gateway Arch, and east of the America's Center & Dome. For more information, call 314-241-5875.

Laclede's Landing photo by Bob Moore

Laclede's Landing is located north of the Gateway Arch.

Tom Sawyer Riverboat photo by Betty Moore

The Becky Thatcher and the Tom Sawyer were originally used to take curious sightseers out on the river to view the construction of the Gateway Arch. The boats now offer variety of sightseeing, dinner, and specialty outings.

Cruise reservations are required by calling 1-877-982-1410 or booking online at

The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch are located below the south leg of the Gateway Arch at 50 S. Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63102.

Parking is available on the Mississippi River levee in front of the boats for a cash fee.

The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch are temporarily suspending operations due to the evolving COVID-19 health situation.

Lacledes Landing photo by Betty Moore

Visitors to St. Louis can enjoy a variety of attractions including: Historical Old Courthouse, National Blues Museum, Union Station, St. Louis Aquarium, The Wheel, Enterprise Center, Steifel Theatre, Citygarden, St. Louis City Library, St. Louis City Hall, City Museum, Campbell House, Field House Museum, Baseball Hall of Fame, Busch Stadium and Anheuser-Busch in downtown St. Louis.

Downtown Map

STL Front Page - Experience St. Louis Attractions is owned and maintained by the Moore Design Group for the sole purpose of disseminating news and information about the Metropolitan St. Louis area. Text or graphics may not be copied, rewritten or distributed in any manner whatsoever without written permission. For more information, contact All rights reserved world wide. © 1996 - 2020