Saint Louis directory for the years ... Keemle's directory
VI Sketch of St. Louis
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1834, when a flow of emigration commenced, which ahs steadily
continued to this time. Its population, within the corporate
limits, (which are very confined,) is 16,291. the suburbs, which
are in fact a part of the city, have a population of 6,349, making
a total of 22,640, and an increase in ten years of 16,388, or more
than 250 per cent. It is not unreasonable to suppose, that, at
the end of another ten years, the city will number between
40,000 and 50,000 inhabitatns, and will take rank among the
first cities of the Union.

St. Louis is peculiarly a commerical city. The attention of
her people has been but partially directed to manufactures until
recently, when the public mind seems to be turned towards
them. The commercial relations of the city are extended over
the entire west, and it will not be considered exaggerative, or
more than what is admitted by all who visit it, that St. Louis
must, at no distant day, be the commercial emporium of the
valley of the Mississippi. In the year 1839 there were 1,476
steamboat arrivals at St. Louis, and the amount of tonnage was
213,193. In 1840 the arrivals were 1721, and the tonnage
244,185. The increase has taken place in spite of the unfortu-
nate state of moneyed affairs over the whole country.

St. Louis has two Iron Foundries, conducted on a large scale,
which annually turn out a very large amount of castings, both
for home consumption and for export. There are, besides, two
White Lead Mills, a Type Foundry, a Sugar Refinery, two
Planing Machines, nine Saw Mills, which annually produce
lumber to the amount of about $170,000, and two steam and
one water Flouring Mills, which annually consme about 175,-
000 bushels of wheat, producing about 35,000 barrels of flour.
In addition to these, there is about to be established a Bagging
and Bale Rope Factory .) The advantages of St. Louis for an
establishment of this kind are very great, and the concern, if
prudently manged, cannot fail to be profitable. The manufac-
tures of St. Louis are, however, on a limited seale, and some
years will be required to incease and extend them in any very
considerable degree.

The literary institutions of St. Louis are the St. Louis Uni-
versity , under the charge of Jesuits; Kemper College , (Episco-
pal;) the St. Louis Lyceum , and the Mechanics’ Institute . The
first named has been established for some years, and is in a high-
ly flourishing condition. Kemper College was more recently