Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Pic Today 1/12/10

Sledding down Art Hill . . . a St. Louis tradition!

This past week has been great sledding at Art Hill, Forest Park, for "kids" of all ages. The bon fires at the top of the hill are especially appreciated between runs.

At the front door of our St. Louis Art Museum, Art Hill is aptly named. But did you know the hill was terraced to be a natural amphitheater as the central meeting place during the 1904 World's Fair? Before there was an Art Museum, the grounds and hill were surrounded by temporary buildings, lakes and fountains . . . all designed to be demolished after the fair.

Before the grounds were cleared (and as luck would have it), there was a grand snow fall in late 1904. Residents flocked to this landmark World's Fair hill that year to christen it as St. Louis' favorite sledding spot.

The water basin and fountain have been much improved since then, and so the tradition continues!

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