The State subsequently built a tobacco-warehouse on the
corner of Washington-avenue and Sixth-street, on a lot one
hundred and fifty feet square; the building is three stories
high, and one hundred and fifty by one hundred and thirty feet,
and cost, including the lot, twenty-five thousand dollars.
WilliamWaddingham, , Esq., has erected a hemp-warehouse,
on Main-street, between Cherry and Wash streets; the build-
ing is of brick, three stories high, one hundred and twnenty-four
by one hundred and twelve feet. The cost of this building was
between nine and ten thousand dollars, exclusive of the ground:
it is rensted by G. W.Jenks, , Esq.
Chouteau’s Pond, is a beautiful sheet of fresh water, sup-
ported by a small virulet, on which there is a paper-mill, and
by springs from the bottom and margin; the lower part of this
pond is in the central part of the city, at the junction of Market
and ninth streets, and it extends south and west, and then
north to Market-street again, forming part of a circle, or a half
moon, of about two miles in extent, averaging a quarter of a mile
The outlet of this pond is on the east side, where it propels
a flouring-mill, except in extremely dry weather. This fairy
lake affords sport for the angler, as well as for the oarsmen of
the Ripple and other boat-clubs.
On the southern limits of the city, three miles from Market-
street, is the United States Arsenal; three miles further down
the river, is the ancient French village of Carondelet; and four
miles further is the JeffersonBarracks, , the head quarters of the
Western army, being ten miles below the city of St. Louis.
There are in this State the villages of Florisant, Manchester,
and St. Charles; and in the State of Illinois opposite, Illinois
Town, Brooklyn, Belleville, Cahokia, and Alton, none of which
exceed a distance of twenty-five miles from St. Louis
The staple of this region, shipped to and from this city, are
tobacco, hemp, wheat, and other grain; flour, beef, pork, hides,
furs, peltries, live-stock, lead, &c.; and it will not be long be-
fore iron may be added, as the ore of the Merrimack cannot be
surpassed, to say nothing of the Iron Mountain.
The American Fur Company , located here, employ a capital of
over half a million of dollars, and give employment to several
There is good bituminous coal here and on the Illinois side
of the river, within from five to ten miles from the city. The
price varies from six to fifteen cents per bushel.
There are two steam-ferry companies, with two boats each,
constantly plying between this and Illinois Town. There is also
one boat running from the upper part of the city to Brooklyn.