Meeting Point St. Louis
In the early history of America, St. Louis, Missouri, was the starting point for the colonization of the "Wild West" because of its location near the rivers Mississippi and Missouri. This is symbolized by the Gateway Arch, the region’s iconic landmark along the banks of the Mississippi River, and the city’s long-lasting nickname as the “Gateway to the West.”
St. Louis has a worldwide reputation for its rich musical heritage, thanks in part to such legendary artists as Chuck Berry, Ike & Tina Turner, and modern day hip-hop star Cornell "Nelly" Haynes, Jr. The father of the blues, W.C. Handy, penned the famous “St. Louis Blues” while living in St. Louis, and ragtime legend Scott Joplin introduced the world to a new "ragged" jazz he perfected during the 1904 World's Fair.