Mississippi River

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    9 Places to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks That Aren't Fair St. Louis

    Independence Day will be a little bit different in St. Louis this year, with construction on the Gateway Arch pushing the annual Fair St. Louis into Forest Park. The change in venue hasn't dampened the three-day patriotic extravaganza: The famed VP parade starts at the Muny at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Bon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Britches Release Demolition Tonight: "The tape's more like a tombstone."

    In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in the Blank. "It's kin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    The Chatillon-DeMenil House Needs Your Help

    Operating a small, historic house museum is never easy, even in the best of times. In the worst of times -- such as earlier this month when a a pipe burst and destroyed new carpeting and other renovations at the Chatillon-DeMenil House -- the challenges of fundraising and logistics can seem overwhel ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 12, 2013
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    April 24, 2013

    St. Louis Treatment Plant Failure: Millions of Gallons of Sewage Still Entering the Mississippi

    Since a failure at a Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District treatment plant Sunday night, millions of gallons of sewage have continued to flow into the Mississippi River. As officials work to secure backup pumps this week -- and as the high water levels remain -- the problem persists. Is our drinki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Two Men Accidentally Drive Smart Car into the Mississippi River (VIDEO)

    Not so smart anymore! So says KDSK (Channel 5), which has gone all out with Smart Car jokes today with the news that two men accidentally drove their vehicle straight into the Mississippi River. Not a smart move, eh?! We love a good ole wordplay here at Daily RFT, but this is just rather cringewo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: Jan. 4-6

    Friday (Jan. 4): Happy Hour @ Vino Nadoz Treat yourself to half price wines, cocktails and local beer on tap, along with bar plates. 4 to 6 p.m. Murder in Maybury @ Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn Enjoy a comedy-mystery dinner over a multi-course meal that includes soup, salad, chicken entree with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    What St. Louis Taught Me

    This is my last day as music editor of the Riverfront Times. It's been 21 months and two weeks since I moved to St. Louis from Denver, and there has not been a more dynamic stretch in my life. My predecessor, Annie Zaleski, offered me some tips when I started, just as her predecessor had. Daniel Hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    [PHOTOS] Awesome St. Louis Riverfront Photos From the Insane Kayaker Paddling from Minnesota to Florida

    Daniel Alvarez is doing a super crazy thing. Back in June he dumped a big yellow sea kayak into Lake Superior near the northern most tip of Minnesota and started paddling southward for Key West. As in Florida. He is out of his mind. He is also having the time of his life. We talked to Alvarez las ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    The Secret History of the St. Louis Post Office and Its Amazing Pneumatic Tube

    One hundred years ago, subterranean St. Louis was a fascinating place. There was, of course, the web of caves that stretched from Benton Park north to downtown and east to the Mississippi River with detours into neighborhood basements. Before the Civil War, the cave network may have been one of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    The Grafton Zipline As Seen by Headcam

    After Daily RFT received a head cam in the mail last week, your reporter graciously agreed to test it out last Thursday at the Grafton Zipline.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    200 Years Ago Friday the Mississippi River Ran Backwards

    A drawing shows a keel boat tossed by waves from the tremor. Despite the magnitude of the earthquakes, few people died because the population in the area was so sparse at the time. ​Seismologists don't know for sure the magnitude of the earthquake that rocked Missouri at around 2:15 a.m. December ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 19, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Insult to Injury? Missouri Offers Flood Victims Free Campsites

    Meet your new neighbor!​Are you one of the unlucky souls who lost their home in the recent flooding? The State of Missouri is really sorry about that. In fact, they'd like to do something for you. They'd like to give you a temporary new home! A place that real-estate agents might generously descri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    St. Louis Gets $550,000 in Aid for Bike and Pedestrian Trails

    ​Governor Jay Nixon was in St. Louis yesterday to announce that the region would soon receive more than $550,000 in federal grants to build and improve its trail system for bicyclists and pedestrians. The money comes via the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, which applied for, and was awar ... More >>

  • News

    December 30, 2010
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    December 28, 2010

    St. Louis: Ten Worst Crimes of 2010 Inside "America's Most Dangerous City"

    St. Louis once again topped the list as the nation's "Most Dangerous Cities" in 2010. Here, then, is a look at ten of the most-heinous crimes (ranked from bad to worse) occurring in and near the city within the past 12 months. John Thornton​10. The Murder of a MayorJohn Thornton was on his way hom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Local Protesters of Big Oil to Put Hands Across the Sand, Er, Mud and Silt

    Hands Across the Sand​On Saturday, dozens of St. Louisans will gather on the riverfront beneath the Arch to hold hands in a silent protest against offshore oil drilling. Local event organizer Stacey Critzer anticipates 50, maybe even 100 participants. It's not exactly Hands Across America, but the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Ten Amazing Pieces of Street Art in St. Louis

    via FlickrPeat Wollaeger's "Blaster Head" is a mind blower.​Once upon a time, the River City had a reputation as something of a street art and graffiti mecca. That was way back in 2000 when Paint Louis was happening and some of the coolest cats to ever shake a can of spray paint made pilgrimages t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    A Video Tour of Kinloch, The Saddest City In St. Louis County

    If you missed our post earlier this morning detailing the troubles of Kinloch Fire Protection District and their beef with St. Louis County and the developers at NorthPark, click here to check it out. The story touches on the astonishing level of urban decay Kinloch, the poorest of the 91 municipali ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 20, 2010
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    November 2, 2009

    Man Saves Man's Best Friend from River; Wet Sandwich Restores Bond

    Lassie would be so proud.​This just in from the St. Louis County Police: On Sunday, November 1, 2009, at 6:30 p.m., St. Louis County Police Officers Kevin Martin, Jared Ruhland and Sergeant Daniel O'Neil, South County Precinct, found and rescued a canine from the Mississippi River. The dog was tra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Plaque to Commemorate the Long, Strange Trip that was Mississippi River Festival

    Bob Dylan. The Band. Grateful Dead. Janice Joplin. The Who. B.B. King. The Eagles. And many more. All played at the Mississippi River Festival -- an outdoor music venue on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville that from 1969 to 1980 hosted hundreds of the nation's biggest rock and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Nevermind the Paddlefish, Who Are the Hillbillies Taking All Our Turtles?

    www.qufriary.orgSeriously, would you eat this?The RFT aquatic-life team has donned its waders today and is ready to kick some ass. As reported this morning, Missouri conservationist can't get over this year's bumper paddlefish crop. Meanwhile, the news ain't nearly as good when it comes to Missouri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    The Tale of a One-Armed Machinist, the KKK and a St. Louis River House

    I met a guy the other day who lives in a home on the bluffs of the Mississippi River in south St. Louis. The house has a rather interesting history that merits a retelling. Here it is -- as best as I can recall. The home was built in the 1950s by a one-armed man who owned a machine shop in north cit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2008

    Missouri Gas Prices Lowest In Country: Why.

    The scribes at Slate have taken it upon themselves to explain to the rest of the country – and probably to a few Show-Me State residents – Like the global market for crude oil, local gas prices are dependent on a variety of factors. According to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the average price ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2008

    Farmer Wants a Wife Matt Neustadt Interview

    Matt Neustadt, the star of the CW reality dating show Farmer Wants a Wife, is a farmer. No really, he is. Not an actor, or even an aspiring actor (waiter). Despite the debates going on among the Farmer fans on the CW network's online message boards, the Portage des Sioux-based farmer plants and harv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2008

    Happy Birthday to Tru!

    In the world of biological impossibility, Harry S. Truman would be 124 years old today. He was also the first -- and remains the only -- president from the great state of Missouri. In celebration, some government offices, like the DMV, have shut down for the day. Attababy, Harry, give 'em hell in ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 23, 2008

    Good Reads

    Alton Brown on books on food

  • Culture

    December 12, 2007

    St. Louis Stage Capsules

    Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene.

  • News

    September 5, 2007

    Gay Guns

    Despite feeling snubbed by Kerouac, Unreal's wide awake, hammered, packing pink heat and looking for a sign from God.

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2007

    Fleeing St. Louis

    "It's an earthquake! Lemme outta here!" Much has been made lately on plans for building additional highway lanes across the Mississippi River. The most feasible proposal would have the State of Illinois and the federal government paying $450 million to add lanes to the Martin Luther King Bridge. Bu ... More >>

  • News

    October 5, 2005
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    April 13, 2005

    The Whole She-bang

    Venus Envy: a grassroots success story

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004
  • Calendar

    April 21, 2004

    Monk Business

    Creating beauty, raising consciousness

  • Dining

    November 5, 2003

    Rock the Boat

    Yackey's on the River brings hope and hush puppies to the banks of the Mississippi

  • News

    May 21, 2003
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    July 31, 2002

    Track Meet

    The Museum of Transportation throws wide its gates for a get-together

  • News

    July 31, 2002

    Net Profit

    In this age of shrink-wrapped food and health scares, there are still folks who crave the taste of fresh-caught river fish. Jim Beasley casts his nets every day to feed that hunger.

  • Dining

    November 14, 2001

    Muddy Memories

    The touristy Mesquite Charlie's will nonetheless satisfy those with a fondness for Old Man River

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001

    Best Bridge

    Lewis and Clark Bridge

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Private Parties

    Patty Long's Ninth St. Abbey

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Motorcycle Ride

    Great River Road

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Cemetery

    Confederate Prisoner Cemetery

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Riverfront Attraction

    Two Pecan Tree Pond

  • News

    July 12, 2000

    Collision Course

    Gateway International Raceway is speeding to expand parking. But environmentalists are waving a red flag.

  • Dining

    March 8, 2000

    Back to the Top

    A return visit to Top of the Riverfront

  • Calendar

    February 9, 2000

    Modern History

    The new Emerson Electric Center addition to the Missouri History Museum makes its debut

  • Calendar

    October 13, 1999


    EAST Art 99 beckons art-lovers to the Illinois side of the Mississippi

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