Parks >Gateway Arch & Old Courthouse
11 N 4th St, St Louis, MO | Directions 6310238.624902 -90.186318
Mon. - Sun. 24 Hours
Neighborhoods: Downtown East, Downtown St. Louis (East), Saint Louis
Steeped in historical significance. And pretty to look at, too. – History
As most would guess by the name alone, the Old Courthouse has moved on from its once pivotal role as the federal court in the city of St. Louis to being a charming historical landmark. Just two blocks from the Gateway Arch, the Courthouse has long provided a picturesque focus to the city's landscape, though its 150-year-plus history makes it much more than just eye candy. Inside the building, you can tour two restored courtrooms and several galleries dedicated to the rich history of St. Louis.
Built in 1828, the Old Courthouse played host to some of the most important cases of the 19th century. The first two trials in the Dred Scott case took place here in 1847 and 1850, pivotal events that set the stage for the Civil War. A plaque on the west side of the courthouse commemorates the Dred Scott decisions and their importance. Also, in the 1870s, Virginia Minor sued for her right to vote in this courthouse.
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