The sold-out event took place on and around the steps of the lobby, with dozens of spectators viewing from the balconies above, and recounted and celebrated the early history of the region, beginning with the arrival of
The performance was a partnership between
"They went all out," Mayor
The re-enactment was followed by speeches from Slay, Gov.
Slay called the 250th anniversary of the city a great opportunity to "reflect on the courage and ingenuity of St. Louisans."
Officials at the event also announced that several downtown streets that were part of the original French colonial village where the Gateway Arch grounds now lie would receive new signage featuring the original French street names, along with historical descriptions. The new signs will be installed during the next couple of months, and were paid for by
The re-enactment was part of a series of events to be held throughout the year organized by stl250, a group created to commemorate the anniversary of the city's founding.
Another re-enactment event held Saturday featured actors playing the roles of original French settlers at the Arch grounds. With temperatures hovering in the 20s and the sun nowhere in sight, attendance was spotty. Actors playing the roles of blacksmiths and gun makers, among others, described for visitors what life was like for the French settlers who arrived along the
Despite the weather,
"I think it provides a wake-up call to a lot of St. Louisans to appreciate that," she said.
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