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Historic Jefferson Barracks Bus Tour Set for April 11

March 15, 2019

You don't have to drive far in St. Louis to find interesting historical sites, and Jefferson Barracks Park is no exception. Located on the Mississippi River at Lemay, south of St. Louis, Jefferson Barracks began as one of the largest military bases in the United States. It is the oldest operating U.S. military installation west of the Mississippi River, and is now used as a base for the Army and Air National Guard.

Commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day this year by exploring Jefferson Barracks’ approximately 300-acre cemetery, park, and museums with the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre. Register now to get your seat on the Commemorating Historic Jefferson Barracks bus tour set for Thursday, April 11, 2019.

From its establishment in 1826 until after WWII, most of our greatest military heroes served in some capacity at Jefferson Barracks, a U.S. Army post until 1946. The museum buildings were part of the ordnance section built in the 1850s, where exhibits, educational programs, and special events are presented. The cemetery has more than 200,000 interments. The first person buried there was Elizabeth Ann Lash, infant daughter of an officer stationed at Jefferson Barracks.

Hear other fascinating stories about "pneumonia gulch,” the first successful parachute jump, Medal of Honor winners and much more during the tour. Visit the Old Ordnance Room and the Old Powder Room, plus tour the new Ordnance Depot, Telephone Museum and Missouri Civil War Museum. Finally, enjoy lunch at the award-winning Café Telegraph.

The bus departs from the west parking lot of St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd., at 8:30 a.m. on April 11 and returns at approximately 4:30 p.m. This tour involves a lot of walking. The cost is $91 and includes transportation, lunch, admissions, and gratuities.

For more information on this and future tours, call 636-397-6903, ext. 1624, or CLICK HERE. To register, CLICK HERE or call 636-939-2386, ext. 1400, or visit the St. Peters Rec-Plex at 5200 Mexico Road.