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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 5, 2014 - St. Louis Union Station will come back to life on May 10, 2014.
Celebrating National Train Day in conjunction with the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA), Union Station will host an event that marks several milestones for the city in 2014, including St. Louis' 250th birthday, the 125th anniversary of the founding of the TRRA, 120 years since the opening of Union Station downtown, and 110 years since the 1904 World's Fair.
National Train Day was started in 2008 by Amtrak with the goal of showing the general public that trains are still important in the world today. It is celebrated all over the country at several major cities such as Chicago, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles.
The date, May 10th, was chosen to commemorate the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. The famous Golden Spike was hammered in at Promontory Point, Utah on May 10th, 1869.
The St. Louis Union Station was initially built in 1894 by the TRRA. It operated until October 31st, 1978, when the last train departed at 9:00 a.m. In addition to the historic value, National Train Day is a celebration of the revival of travel via railway. For more information, visit www.traindaystlouis.com.
The event will host a variety of activities such as interactive train equipment and a train excursion. Visitors will be able to take a walk through history this weekend at St. Louis Union Station, and see reenactments of the 1904 World's Fair. A fantastic 3D show will play in the Union Station Hotel's Grand Hall. Attendees can also enjoy a wide array of foods that made their debut back in 1904 while listening to local entertainment. Children's activities, VP Fair parade floats, and more will finish this one of a kind experience.
Events will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 10th, 2014, held outdoors, and indoors in the Midway, Grand Hall, and Shopping Center. All events are free and open to the public. Parking will be $12.00 per car.
St. Louis Union Station, purchased by Lodging Hospitality Management in October of 2012, is currently undergoing a reinvention. The Midway, already completed, no longer houses shop fronts, but is open and offers an astounding 30,000 square feet of versatile event and meeting space.
At the project's finish, the facility will boast over 100,000 square feet of meeting space. In addition to the new space, the guest rooms will be remodeled with a fresh, comfortable look that compliments the historic property. The Grand Hall will be the home of a 70 foot bar and a spectacular and one-of-a-kind holographic light/music show created by Technomedia, the same company that recently completed Michael Jackson's Cirque du Soleil.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Saint Louis Union Station, a massive, Romanesque-style building, designed by architect Theodore Link in 1894, was once the largest and busiest railroad terminal in the world.
In 1976, the St. Louis Union Station was designated a National Historic Landmark. After an extensive $150 million restoration, the facility, including an expansive 11.5 acre trainshed reopened in 1985 with a hotel, unique marketplace of shops, assortment of fine restaurants and cafes, live entertainment and a lake with boats ... all under one roof.
Today, the Grand Hall features a barrel-vaulted ceiling of unsurpassed gilt work, stained glass over the entrance, scale models of trains and statues. Visitors can discover the Station's past and present with a self-guided walking tour through one of the nation's most significant rail stations and restoration projects. Additional activies are featured throughout the year including historic and refurbished train displays, children's entertainment, sports events and exhibits.
Once again the Station is undergoing a new renovation. This time its being undertaken by the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, located in what is known as the Headhouse. Formerly a Marriott, the hotel is owned by Lodging Hospitality Management, a St. Louis-based hotel owner/operator with 23 hotels and venues in the greater St. Louis area, which acquired the hotel along with the entire Union Station complex.
Across from Union Station is Aloe Plaza and the magnificent Carl Milles' Fountain with elaborate bronze sculptural pieces representing the meeting of the rivers.
Saint Louis was established as a trading post on the west banks of the Mississippi River in 1764 by a French fur trapper named Pierre LaClede. Business was good from the beginning. Soon the village became the center of commerce with furs as the main source of exchange for goods.
Directions: Union Station is located at 1820 Market Street, between 18th and 20th Streets. The historic building is north of I-64 and just four blocks west of Scottrade Center. The landmark is within walking distance of Busch Stadium and the Gateway Arch.
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