An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating until September 30, 2018
Since its founding in 1846, the St. Louis Mercantile Library has collected and preserved the history of transportation in America. This was natural, considering our city’s location at the hub of two major waterways and its role as gateway to the West, and the role of our founders as civic leaders and merchants. From our early river maps and railroad documents these collections grew to include travel journals, photograph collections, and works by artists who traveled through and settled in St. Louis and who were captivated by the energy of a nation on the move.
This exhibition presents six iconic images of different modes of transportation drawn from our special collections; the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library; the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library; and the Mercantile Library Art Museum Collection. These prints, photographs and drawings all have subjects directly related to transportation in St. Louis and document the role it played in St. Louis’ growth and