Just say the word Missouri and anyone familiar with Mormon history will at least have an idea of the struggles and intense persecution the saints faced in this state. Most of the more familiar church sites are closer to the Kansas City Missouri Temple. (Liberty Jail, Far West, Haun's Mill) There were several sites dedicated in the 1830's that were supposed to have temples built, but it wasn't until 1997 that the first temple was built in Missouri as the St. Louis Missouri Temple. The heavy hate for Mormons in Missouri in the 1830's was rampant and was even called the Mormon War of 1838. Prior to that in 1833, mobs drove members out of Jackson County, MO. Among suspicions that Mormons were rigging political elections, overtaking land for settlements and spurring battles, such as the Battle of Crooked River, the Governor at the time, Lilburn Boggs, believing reports that Mormons were aggressive, issued what was called the Mormon Executive Order 44 or "Extermination Order" on October 27, 1838 forcing the Mormons out of the state and making it legal for them to be treated as enemies and criminals and to be killed in order to keep the peace. Members were forced from their homes at gunpoint and had to escape with their lives and only what they could carry with them. Most fled to Illinois, where Nauvoo was settled. It was not until 1976, when Governor Christopher "Kit" Bond formally rescinded the order.
The temple is considered a modern design with one spire reaching 190 feet, topped with gold-leafed Angel Moroni. The front panel of the spire depicts a six-sided star glass window and is built with beautiful white granite. The temple sits just across the road from I-270 on a busy interstate. The grounds are beautified with many trees and water features.
The Gateway Arch is synonymous in the city. Seen from many vantage points around town. Admire it from afar, or take a thrilling ride to the top. The Missouri Civil War Museum will take you back to a time when Missouri was a trading post and just being discovered and the struggle for ownership and statehood. The Magic House allows children to learn while participating in hands-on activities. Spend some time in the beautiful outdoors and take in the Missouri Botanical Garden for expansive displays of all types of gardens and water features. Forest Park & Attractions in a large urban park where you can relax and get some sunshine. There's also many museums and attractions inside the park. The St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum and St. Louis Science Center. If you're a sports nut, you will want to catch a St. Louis Cardinals Baseball game.
The south is known for it's barbecue. Bogart's Smokehouse is some of the best barbecue around. Expect a wait. Blues City Deli is more than just another corner deli. Tasty muffulettas and other sandwiches and walls plastered with blues history. Dewey's Pizza is a family-friendly, casual place where you can watch your specialty pizzas being made. Dine on healthy, organic food inside a garden shop at Cafe Osage. Slurp a Pho Soup Bowl or other Vietnamese specialties for a bargain at Mai Lee