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A reputation as the town of shoes, booze and blues persists in St. Louis. But a fascinating history waits just beneath the surface in the heart of the city, like the labyrinth of natural limestone caves where Anheuser-Busch got its start. One of the city's Garment District shoe factories was the workplace of a young Tennessee Williams, referenced in his first Broadway play, The Glass Menagerie. Downtown's vibrant African American community was the source and subject of such folk-blues classics as "Frankie and Johnny" and "Stagger Lee," not to mention W.C. Handy's classic "St. Louis Blues." Navigate this hidden heritage of downtown St. Louis with author Maureen Kavanaugh.
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About the Author
Maureen Kavanaugh is a St. Louis tour guide specializing in the history of the greater St. Louis area from the year 1000 to the present. She publishes a Wordpress blog (https://stltourguide.wordpress.com/) on St. Louis history, landmarks, events and people and is the author of The Campbell Family of St. Louis: Their Public Triumphs and Personal Tragedies, published by the Campbell House Museum in St. Louis in 2016.