In offering to the public the first annual Directory of the largest city in the valley of the Mississippi—the “Cresent
City,” only, excepted—the publisher respectfully invites the attention of his patrons, ami others, to the following facts
concerning the same.
The compilation of a City Directory -wherein the names, residences, and occupations of its citizens are faithfully re-
I corded, together with the location of its public buildings and institutions, and such facts concerning these as the public
has a right to expect, in, under the most favorable circumstances, an enterprise requiring great care and unwearied pa-
tience; but when, as in the present instance, such a task is commenced and prosecuted without any assistance from
preceding labors, and by those, too, who have had but little experience in a similar enterprise, a candid public will ac-
knowledge, that it would be unreasonable to demand absolute perfection in a first attempt.
Yet, the publisher flatters himself with the belief, that, even this work, which originated in difficulty, was prosecuted
under embarrassing circumstances, and completed in haste, is not far from being a faithful city guiile and business
mirror of the “Mound City.”
Duty requires the publisher to acknowledge that this could never hare been the case, had not his patrons, almost
without an exception, when visited by himself or canvassers, 1o aid him in hi* efforts, accorded him that aid with an
alacrity which has probably never been surpassed in any community, and for which he returns his sincere thanks.
Independent of the advertisements, which speak well for the liberality of the citizens of St. Louis, the present volume
will be found to contain, first, an able article, prepared expressly for this work, by our worthy townsman, John
Hogan,, Esq., in which the geographical position of the city is given, together with a birds-eye view of the same,
its past history, and a sensible view of its future prospects. When this article was solicited it was cheerfully and
promptly prepared, and furnished without compensation, other than such as every stranger ami good citizen, who has
occasion to refer to it, will award. “I shall be amply rewarded,” said its author, “if, by furnishing such information
as you desire, I can advance the interests of St. Louis!” Let this reply stand recorded for the perusal of those, who,
in future, may desire to cull the bright spots which decorate the history of its author’s home.
Next in order, comes an alphabetical arrangement of the names of the citizens of this city, together with their
residences, trades, occupations and professions. These have been obtained at great expense, and their arrangement
attended with much care. Yet, they are, to some extent, imperfect, for the reasons assigned above, and for another,
which must appear obvious upon a moment’s reflection. In old established cities, where the tracks are well beaten,
and method predominates, cluinges among business firms and private locations are comparatively few, or, when made,
are periodical, at regular intervals, and compilers of Directories can take advantage of this fact, and govern themselves
accordingly; but in a new city like our own, where the annual inerease of its population is at least thirty per cent,
annually, such changes must, of necessity, be much greater, and to keep a correct record of them would require
a diurnal instead of an annual directory. In order to obviate this difficulty as much as possible, all such changes as
came under the publisher’s observation were noted up to the latest hour, previous to the publication of this work.
The Business Key which follows, may be relied on as correct, so far as it extends, aud strangers visiting the city
may find it for their interest to give it a perusal.
The Appendix will be found to embrace much information, compiled from reliable sources.
Such is the first volume of the Saint Louis City Directory, with its imperfections and its merits, and let those
who lightly esteem the value of such a work, “consider for a moment what would be the absolute disasters and con-
fusion—he loss of time that would be the necessary consequence of the lack of such an indispensable assistant, not
only to business men, but to every Inhabitant, and nearly every stranger who visits the city.”
The next volume of this Directory will make its appearance on the fifteenth of August, 1S58. In the meantime, an
exclusively Business Directory will be issued.
In our future labors in this department, we shall endeavor to profit by pad experience, and, with our newly acquired
facilities, shall, no doubt, be able to furnish citizens and strangers, from year to year, with an acceptable guide.
Robert V.Kennedy, .