Saint Louis directory for the years ... Keemle's directory
vi Sketch Of St. Louis.
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site extreme. From the point where the most active busi-
ness now centres, the city is extending up and down the
river, and back from its margin, so steadily, and the per-
manence of the structures are such as to give promise of
resulting in the fine finish of one of the most populous and
opulent cities in the Union.

Among the improvements which are going forward in
South St. Louis, is the grading of the principal avenue,
which leads up towards the city from the ferry-landing.This operation is performed by the U.S. hands employed
in quarrying rock for the improvements in the St. Louis
Harbor. A grade is given them for this purpose, which
they are bound to observe in their labors. A county road
has been likewise ordered, to run from the ferry-landing back
into the interior of the county. These preliminary works
are intended to pave the way to those ultimate improve-
ments which will extend the city of St. Louis, at no dis-
tant day, to that high, beautiful tract of country embraced
in South St. Louis, which, about two years ago, was laid
out into avenues, streets, and lots, in anticipation of such
extension.

The opinion, however, prevails generally, that the great
manufacturing district of St. Louis will lie south of the
present improved part of the city. This impression arises
from the apparent certainty, that the Iron Mountain rail-
road will terminate, or begin, on the river below, or at the
lower extremity of the city. Thus the raw materials for
manufactures will be thrown into that district, and there
the most convenient point for shipment of such metals as
come from the mineral region in the interior will be ulti-
mately found to exist.

The marble, free-stone and lime-stone of South St. Louis
contribute not only to the advantage of that portion of the
tract which Nature designed to be densely peopled, but
the city already draws largely from that quarter for build-
ing materials. The inexhaustible beds of coal which lie in
the immediate vicinity of St. Louis, are among the great
sources of its wealth, and are the direct means of pros-
perity.

The increase of the population of St. Louis proper, with-
in the corporation, from 1830 up to 1837, has been on an