When founded in 1876 at what was the outskirts of the city, many citizens found this park too remote for practical use; its name comes from the fact that it was a dense forest, in contrast to the prairie that originally made up much of the original city. Most of the park was cleared for the Universal Exposition-Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904, better known as the World's Fair. Since that time, Forest Park has remained a popular attraction.
Due to neglect, the Park went into great decline starting in the late 1960s, but has recently been magnificently restored to glory.
The Grand Basin and Art Hill, topped by the Saint Louis Art Museum. Other institutions in the park include the Zoological Garden, History Museum, Science Museum, and Municipal Opera, as well as golf courses.
The above photos were all taken within a few yards of each other.
A relative of mine came to Saint Louis to build the German Pavilion at the World's Fair. This particular pavilion was constructed with proceeds from the fair.