Did you know that St. Louis is turning 250 next year? In honor of the semiquincentennial -- yes, that is apparently a real word -- city leaders and civic groups are preparing for a series of anniversary events.
via Pierre Laclede, founder of St. Louis.
Mayor Francis Slay has devoted his weekly online poll to the occasion "to calibrate your enthusiasm for a year-long party" next year to celebrate the founding of St. Louis by Pierre Laclede in 1764.
One of his questions, however, raises a rather odd fact in the city's founding: Some records apparently show that St. Louis was originally named "Pain Court." And in honor of that historical fact, Slay suggests maybe we want to consider changing the name of the city.More »