Happy Birthday St. Louis…Maybe

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis is celebrating a big birthday, but the exact date isn’t quite clear.

The Gateway City either turned 250 on Friday or does so Saturday. The confusion stems from the penmanship of Auguste Chouteau. He was 14 when he stepped onto what became St. Louis in February 1764.

Four decades later he wrote a brief memoir. His handwriting indicated the date was February 14th or 15th, however it wasn’t possible to tell if the last digit was a “4” or a “5.”

At the first known founders’ day party in St. Louis, in 1847, celebrants went with February 15th. But Chouteau’s son, Gabriel, later said that his father told him the date was February 14th.

Several weekend events are planned.

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