La Rue de la Place (Market Street) at the corner of Market and Broadway
November 6, 2014
St. Louis, MO (November 6, 2014) – There are new historical markers throughout downtown St. Louis to highlight seven streets with their original French names. The new signage is a gift from LES AMIS (The Friends) for the city's 250th anniversary. Les Amis is a French heritage preservationist organization that hopes to extend the signage system along the entire Creole corridor on both sides of the river--from Cahokia to Chester, Illinois, and from Ste. Genevieve to St. Louis. The seven downtown streets still in existence from the early village in 1764 are: First Street (La Grande Rue/La Rue Royale), Second Street (La Rue de L'Eglise), Third Street (La Rue des Granges), Walnut Street (La Rue de la Tour), Market Street (La Rue de la Place), Chestnut Street (La Rue Missouri) and Pine Street (La Rue Quicapou). The downtown markers were unveiled during a ceremony at Kiener Plaza last week.