Edwards' annual directory to the inhabitants, institutions, incorporated companies, business, business firms, manufacturing establishments, etc., in the city of Saint Louis
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the talent of many a writer and admirer of the indomitable will and
perseverance which actuate their people. St. Louis, located upon one
of the largest rivers in the world, comes in for her share of the honors,
well-deserved and richly earned.

St. Louia is ordained by physical nature to become the great inland
metropolis of this continent. It cannot escape the magnificence of its
destiny. Greatness is the necessity of its position. New York may be
the head, but St. Louis will be the heart of America. The stream of
traffic which must flow through this mart will enrich it with alluvial
deposits of gold. Its central location and facilities of communication,
unmistakably indicate the leading part which this city will take in the
exchange and distribution of the products of the Mississippi valley.
St. Louis is situated upon the west bank of the Mississippi, at an altitude
of four hundred feet above the level of the sea. It is far above the
highest floods that ever swell the Father of Waters. It is twenty miles
below the mouth of the Missouri, and two hundred above the confluence
of the Ohio.

Distance by river from St. Louis to Keokuk is 200 miles.
" " " Burlington 260 "
" " " Rock Island 350 "
" " " Dubuque 470 "
" " " St. Paul 800 "
" " " Cairo 200 "
" " " Memphis 440 "
" " " Vicksburgh 830 "
" " " New Orleans 1,240 "
" " " Louisville 580 "
" " " Cincinnati 720 "
" " " Pittsburgh 1,200 "
" " " Leavenworth 500 "
" " " Omaha 800 "
" " " Sioux City 1,000 "
" " " Fort Benton 3,100 "
Distance by rail from St. Louis to Indianapolis is 200 miles.
" " " Chicago 280 "
" " " Cincinnati 340 "
" " " Cleveland 470 "
" " " Pittsburgh 650 "
" " " Buffalo 650 "
" " " New York 1,000 "
" " " Lawrence 320 "
" " " Denver 880 "
" " " Salt Lake 1,300 "
" " " Virginia City 1,900 "
" " " San Francisco 2,300 "

St. Louis very nearly bisects the direct distance of fourteen hundred
miles between Superior City and the Balize. It is the geographical
centre of a valley which embraces one million two hundred thousand