St. Louis Union Station

Earlier today, the lovely Robin and I set out on a four block walk from our hotel to the St. Louis Union Station, once the largest and busiest passenger rail terminal in the world.

It first opened in 1894, but ceased operation as an active train terminal in 1978. Union Station then reopened in August 1985 as the largest adaptive re-use project in the United States.

Today it houses the 539-room St. Louis Union Station Hotel (a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel) as well as indoor shopping and dining, a lake, and a plaza for festivals, concerts and other special events.

It is a beautiful place with so much to see and do. We sampled fudge, marveled at the fish in the lake swarming near the food dispenser, and admired the design and artistry of the architecture.

Union Station (where, at the age of ten, I arrived on a train from Cincinnati to join my grandparents for a long trip to California and back) is located at 1820 Market Street in St. Louis.

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